0800674189, SATB with soprano descant and organ acc., $.70
This title is available through Augsburg Fortress for $.70 until sold out. The excitement of this piece will energize your choir and congregation, making it an excellent service opener, especially a service with an emphasis on missions. Hayes has adapted the text from Isaiah 55: 10-11, a passage which promises that God’s Word, when shared by His people, will always accomplish His purpose. The form of this traditional anthem is a rondo, the “A” section of which has a stately feel with all four parts singing in a declamatory manner over the spectacular organ accompaniment. A key change, a gentler accompaniment, and a more legato chorale-style voicing provide contrast for the “B” section. After a return of the main theme comes a beautiful prayer of thanksgiving, each voice softly entering in turn over the organ pedal tone, providing a reverent contrast to the rest of the piece. An organ interlude leads back to the final setting of the “A” theme, this time enhanced by a soprano descant. All stops are out at the end, the rafters are shaking, and everyone is prepared to “let the word go forth”! Straightforward partwriting and a fair amount of unison help make this piece suitable for any adult choir, and your organist will love the accompaniment.