797242151897, SATB, $4.25
Date released: 2000
The magnificent text of Philippians 2:5-11 is set in a majestic manner in this extended anthem by Mark Hayes. He builds excitement through his masterful use of a rhythmic pedal tone beneath the lush 4- and 5-part harmony of the voices in the opening section which comes to a dramatic close with polyphonic entrances on the words, “Obedience for all the world to see on lonely Calvary.” The key, meter, and style then change to those reminiscent of the finest Baroque oratorio, with the statement of the theme by the basses and fugal entrances by the other voices, building to a return to the initial style and melody, though a full fifth higher! The final section sets the text, “That every knee should bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord!” with soaring lines, full 5- and 6-part harmonization, and all the fervency and excitement due that glorious promise. Expect your audience to explode into applause and shouts of praise at the end of this one – the definitive finale to any concert! The 6-7 minute length and the liberal use of 5- and 6-parts make this fairly demanding.
Print music and instrumentation available only from J. W. Pepper. Acc. Cass. available only through Mark Hayes Productions.