BP1616, SATB, $2.25
Date released: 2001
Electric, energetic, exciting – this anthem is all of these and more! Hayes gives Isaac Watts’ familiar hymn text the royal treatment with his original score. He uses meter changes and syncopation throughout, and builds the piece around a wonderfully rhythmic melody. Contrast is found in each verse through legato sections featuring satisfying chord progressions in lush 4-part harmony. The bridge is particularly dynamic, alternating between 6/8 and 3/4 meters with 5-part divisi voicing building from piano to fortissimo. This leads to a return of the melody, broadened by augmentation and followed by a rousing finish. Though there is some 5- and 6-part divisi, the partwriting is straightforward, making this piece accessible to most choirs. Parts for brass and percussion are available if you wish to enhance the rhythmically challenging piano accompaniment. Suitable for any service, this one is a must for your library!