BP1785, SATB, $2.25
This contemporary setting of the beloved hymn is filled with drama and pathos. Hayes opens with a choral fanfare utilizing syncopation and mixed meters. He has set the hymn tune in an energetic, rhythmic style using ample unison voicing, some SATB and very singable syncopations. One of the verses is set to a new melody in a slower, minor mode, which compliments the majestic final stanza. Add the brass and percussion parts for a truly powerful performance. This will be a strong musical and theological statement perfect for Reformation Sunday or anytime throughout the church year.