Review in The American Organist

The December 2011 edition of The American Organist (published by the American Guild of Organists) includes this recommendation of my organ music: Shall We Gather at the River, setting by Timothy Shaw (All Praise for Music: Easy Hymn Settings for Organ, Augsburg Fortress 9781451401127; 2010). Tune: “Hanson Place.” The title of this collection is taken from stanza three of Marty Haugen’s 1999 hymn O God of blessings, all praise to you! The text of this stanza reads: “All praise for music, deep gift profound, through hands and voices in holy sound; …Soli Deo Gloria!” This peaceful setting is written for strings and flutes, using the traditional harmony and rhythm of the hymn. The arrangement begins with the melody in the bass clef, moving to higher registers as the music develops. A crescendo to full organ begins in stanza two and returns to a reflective setting at the coda. This easy collection offers a variety of forms, including music for preludes, postludes, hymn introductions, and free harmonization.

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