SATB (with divisi) and organ. Text by Charles Wesley.
Notes: A standard of the mainstream parish church choir repertoire, this anthem has not appeared in a collection for a while. Once this anthem is known, it is very satisfying to sing. There are, however, traps for the unwary choir singer, mostly concerning the rhythm. The rhythm of the opening two soprano/alto phrases and the last verse may need to be rehearsed several times as will the lower parts in the repeat. Try to learn the dynamics and expression at the same time as the notes. Some of the entries are difficult to pitch such as the soprano/alto phrase at bar 71, so this may need to be practiced several times. Keep the last verse bright with a well focused ‘Ah’ on the first syllable of the word ‘shining’.
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