Choral Review in CrossAccent

Vol. 19, no. 1 of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians’ journal, “CrossAccent,” contains the following review of my anthem, “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing” (published by MorningStar Music): “Shaw has written a newly composed work to Robert Robinson’s 18th-century text that should prove useful for many choirs with limited numbers of men’s voices. With its mostly unison or homophonic texture, the anthem is within the abilities of most small church choirs and would be appropriate for general services. Within the limitations of writing for three parts, Shaw maintains interest through sensitive text setting. The first and third stanza use one melody for the first half, while the second stanza (‘Here I raise mine Ebenezer’) provides a contrasting melody. Each stanza begins with unison voices, ending with the full three-part texture. Although the work calls for ‘keyboard,’ the writing is more suitable for piano than for organ.”

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