1581, SATB with piano & organ acc., $2.10
Hayes has once again delivered a "must-have" anthem for every experienced choir’s library in his setting of this much-loved hymn. Each of the four verses has its own unique musical treatment, while each refrain presents beautiful variations of the traditional "echo" setting. The first verse has the familiar tune in a treble unison over a flowing piano accompaniment. Providing a dramatic contrast, the second verse is in a minor key with added rhythmic interest and organ accompaniment as the tenors and basses take the spotlight. Hayes then masterfully paints the text of the third and fourth stanzas with a return to the major modality, beginning with a lovely a cappella chorale that gradually builds vocally and instrumentally to the triumphant climax, "It is well with my soul!" Wonderfully-woven modulations and lush harmonies set the final refrain as the anthem peacefully draws to a close. The piano and organ accompaniments require a significant skill level, and the vocal parts are challenging due to the 5-part divisi sections and the creative harmonizations in the partwriting. However, the piece is quite accessible to accomplished choirs who would find its timeless message suitable for any season or service. This anthem can be performed with piano only if desired.
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IT IS WELL WITH MY SOUL
Hayes has once again delivered a "must-have" anthem for every experienced choir’s library in his setting of this much-loved hymn.