18317, SAB, $2.95
Date released: 1998
This peaceful setting of a text by St. Francis of Assisi is a well-loved worship song in the Catholic and Anglican church. It was sung by the congregation in Westminster Abbey at the funeral of Princess Diana of Wales. This creative new arrangement features an artful and flowing piano part and a small chamber orchestra instrumentation which perfectly highlights the long lyrical melodic line. The arrangement builds to a stunning climactic modulation before the last chorus where the melody is joined by a soaring treble descant. The piece concludes with a short polyphonic “Amen” section. Suitable for prayer responses, general worship use, and baccalaureate services. Easy-to-moderate difficulty with very accessible partwriting. Performable with minimal rehearsal.