Piano solo (Moderate)

  • All Praise to Thee, My God, This Night (Tune: “Tallis’ Canon”)

Written on commission, and reminiscent of the French impressionists’ style, this moderately advanced piano solo is included in Hymn Tune Masters for Piano, from Concordia Publishing House: The hymn tunes of master composers such as Thomas Tallis (TALLIS’ CANON), Jean Sibelius (FINLANDIA), and Gustav Holst (THAXTED) are featured in this exceptional collection of piano settings. The hymn settings have been written by modern-day composers in a variety of styles, forms, and techniques. This collection will be sought after by students, teachers, and church musicians, and is great for creative use in both recitals and worship.

Rarely do collections of pieces by multiple composers retain evenness in quality across all contributions. This volume is a delightful exception. The arrangers/composers know their craft and know the piano. They choose familiar (for the most part) tunes that will find use in worship, render settings that illumine texts usually associated with the tunes, use the piano well and in ways idiomatic to pianists, and offer intelligently crafted pieces. Ideas are borrowed artfully and respectfully from other sources.

TALLIS’ CANON, based on the tune by Thomas Tallis (c. 1505-85). Timothy Shaw uses a clever key relationship for this simple tune, beginning with an introduction and ending with a coda in G, but presents the tune in ascending thirds, keys of B, E flat, and G, moving from mp to ff with decrescendo through the coda to end at pp. 4 pages. Identified with the text “All Praise to Thee, My God, This Night.” (Pastoral Music, June/July 2020)