35019073, Solo Piano, $4.99
Date released: 1998
This arrangement may also be found in The Best of Mark Hayes, Volume 1 collection.
This marvelous pastoral hymn tune by William B. Bradbury (1816-1868) is characterized by its quiet lyricism. Hayes’ arrangement captures the essence of the melody with the addition of lush harmonies that are thoughtful, with just the right number of notes, thus creating an air of gentleness and peace that speaks to the sense of security we are blessed with by abiding in the Shepherd’s care. In the second stanza, the minor tonality and eighth note-quarter note pulse serve to convey our spiritual restlessness and the longing we have for the guidance and presence of the Shepherd in our lives. The final stanza moves refreshingly into C major and concludes with an intimate, almost magical ending. Suitable for communion, offertories, preludes, and weddings. LEVEL: Advanced
The List. CD “A Festival of Keyboards” is the companion CD to this score.