Choral Review: Who Trusts in God

who trusts in godThe May/June 2015 edition of the Journal of the Association of Anglican Musicians includes a review of my choral anthem “Who Trusts in God” (2-part, accompanied), along with reviews of anthems by British composers John Rutter and William Walton. I wrote this piece in 2003 (Concordia published it in 2014, after it had been rejected 11 times by other publishing companies!), and I have always been fond of it. Here is their review, which very nicely describes the piece’s structure and harmonic makeup:

Choirs ready to begin exploring more adventuresome music can use Who Trusts In God as an effective first step out of purely diatonic music. The atmospheric accompaniment shifts around suggesting tonal centers without observing strict common practice tonality. The vocal lines are tuneful and easy to absorb. Meter shifts frequently, but again the rhythm is comfortable. To lighten the demands on the full choir, an extensive middle section can be sung by a soloist. The opening material returns after this with only minor alterations, creating a balanced ternary form. This attractive, interesting piece is an excellent way to introduce a broader tonal palette to choirs.

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