Choirs and congregations always enjoy that setting of 1st Song. Thanks for sharing. FWIW, we change the refrain to match ESV, "and he is my salvation" instead of "and he will be my savior". One thing that is esepcially nice about this piece is its flexibility. Just this past year it worked with full choir & children's choir in the sanctuary with an assembly of 400 singing the refrain at the funeral of one of our day school teachers. I wrote an extra descant for the occasion so the kids could really "soar" at the end. But at the Easter Vigil, we sang this outside the church around the bonfire, right before the liturgy began, as an opening Canticle. There the singing was led by the men's chorus, accompanied by congas, accordion, guitar, and handbells. Cheryl captured that over on her blog (www.roundunvarnishedtale.blogspot.com). I don't have the exact link but if you are interested just go to the first week of April in the archives and you can watch the video. Again, thanks for sharing. I have enjoyed watching and listening to these excerpts from the Divine Services in Hamel. :)
That's the third time this morning this text has come across my path. Hmmmm....Thanks for posting!
Using a piano in church? I thought you were a "confessional" Lutheran!
The video to which Phillip refers was posted in April of 2009:http://roundunvarnishedtale.blogspot.com/2009/04/easter-vigil.html
Wow. I forgot Cheryl didn't record this year's opening of the Vigil. Thanks for posting the correct link, dear. It should be noted that the 2009 recording was with cell phone - and a 5-year-old in tow - so it doesn't capture what Cheryl does now with her video camera. Still gives a good flavor for the point: this is very flexible liturgical music.
Thanks, Phillip and Cheryl! And yes, Chris, we DO use piano as well as organ. And we even sometimes use timpani, violin, tambourine, cymbals, and such. :)
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