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Voicing/Instrumentation: SATB, Organ/Organ Accompaniment

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Related song categories are:
Heavenly Father
Trust in God
Includes Vocal Obbligato/Descant

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<PLEASE NOTE: I am migrating over to my own website. Please visit chadstatenmusic.com for access to more materials. Thanks!> Chad (Staten rhymes with Dayton) started on the violin in third grade in Logan, UT. At the age of eight, he sang in a stake primary children's choir at the Logan Tabernacle. This first real encounter with the organ deeply impressed him, and cemented in his mind a desire to play the organ. After his family moved to Beeville, a small town 60 miles from anywhere in south Texas during fifth grade, he switched to the piano because of limited orchestra resources in town. Chad was called to be a ward organist and choir accompanist starting in high school, and has served in those positions almost continuously ever since. He was an Organ Performance and Pedagogy major at BYU, where he studied with Richard Elliott, and played harpsichord and other instruments in the Early Music Ensemble under the direction of Doug Bush. He currently serves as a Guest Organist on Temple Square in Salt Lake City. Chad loves to compose, particularly for choir and organ. To support his music addiction, he works as an airline pilot and enjoys playing many different pipe organs at various destinations in the United States and Canada. Please take a moment to let me know if you have enjoyed or found useful anything I have posted here. And of course, please tell me if you find any errors!
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This is an original hymn tune I wrote a few years ago with a text supplied by Robb Smith. 

For the hymn version, Qtr = 80 is probably about "cathedral speed" and fits the character of this hymn tune and text. (Note that the anthem version of this song starts out with Qtr = 88, but has several tempo changes.) Sing the hymn as slowly as you need to without it feeling draggy in the sadly dry acoustic environment of most LDS buildings. An mp3 with a "Verse 6" registration is included so you can hear how it sounds.

Click HERE for a video playthrough of the anthem score. I apologize for the fake organ and voice in the video, but I don't have the resources to make a good live recording. The video should approximate a live performance well enough for you to get an idea of how it is meant to be done. The organ part is pretty easy, and (unusual for my stuff) does not require a second person at the organ (unless you don't have a soprano who can sing the descant at the end, in which case you should have someone play it on the other manual on the organ on the most English-Tuba-sounding 8' reed you have).

Both the hymn setting and the choral anthem are very English in their tonal structure and style, which was my original goal in writing this. You'll have to get permission from your presiding authority to use this in meetings since it's not included in church publications, but there are no doctrinal problems.


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