16104, SATB, $2.30
Date released: 1997
Despite several other arrangements of this beloved song, Mark Hayes may have arranged the definitive setting! Incorporating new lush harmonies and an exquisite piano part, Hayes has managed to keep the beauty of the original tune but add a dimension of emotion that is very powerful. The last chorus modulates a full third above the original key for a climactic build and elongates certain melodic phrases in such a way that you feel as if you are soaring above the earth…on the wings of an eagle. The sensitive and intimate ending leaves the listener with a quiet sense of peace and hope. This anthem is appropriate throughout the year and especially for baptisms, funerals, weddings, baccalaureate programs, and for early Lent. Partwriting is easy to medium difficulty and incorporates much unison writing.