New Music week 51: TERRA BEATA

52 in 52The penultimate piece in my 52 in 52 series is a setting of the tune TERRA BEATA (“This Is My Father’s World,” a stirring text written by Presbyterian pastor Maltbie D. Babcock). For inspiration, I looked to my own arrangement of this hymn that I wrote for Anne Martindale-Williams (cello, piano)—the rustic middle section of that first setting became the basis of this one. As an aside, perhaps you’ve noticed this tune’s incipit is remarkably similar to “Concerning Hobbits” (“The Shire and the Hobbits”) from Howard Shore’s soundtrack to The Lord of the Rings. Enjoy! (To accommodate different hymnals, I have included two keys here: E-flat and D major.)

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