SATB (bass divisi) and organ. One of our favorites! Grand, stirring, stunning, and powerful, this is one to bring the roof down, especially if you've got a beefy organ to use and enough men for the TBB texture at the end. And your choir will find that it's not too difficult -- it's an anthem they will love to have in their regular canon, and perfect for the big days of Ascension or the last Sunday before Advent. The text is a paraphrase of Psalm 93. Based on a 16th-century French melody.
Notes: A standard of the choral repertoire, this anthem is very effective and reasonably straightforward. It can be sung as written in four parts or in unison with everyone singing the soprano part. The two-in-a-bar pulse must be maintained throughout which means that the lower parts who have the crotchet movement on pages 34 and 35 should be rehearsed individually to ensure good ensemble and coordination.
God omnipotent reigneth, clad in apparel bright;
Sovereign King he remaineth, girded about with might.
By him the world alone immutably was grounded;
In Heaven hath he his throne, from everlasting founded.
Ocean billow and breaker uplift the voice of pride;
But their mightier Maker governeth wind and tide.
His laws and sure decree of holiness are telling,
Which evermore shall be sole inmate of his dwelling. Amen.