Hope, 2013

Unison/2-part, piano, optional C treble instrument

For Unison or Two-Part choirs here is a Quick Study Choral of Robert Lowry’s beloved hymn. Arranger Timothy Shaw captures its gentle, prayerful nature and has added a lovely optional part for violin or flute that enhances the early-American feel of the tune.

How Can I Keep from Singing? is a handy piece to have on file for when there is limited rehearsal time. Most church choirs would likely have this learned with just a few minutes of rehearsal. The tune and words, attributed to Robert Lowry, are arranged in an exuberant Southern folk hymn setting. The two-part harmony would work with any combination of adult or children’s voices. The C-instrument part could be learned easily by a high-school-level instrumentalist of average ability. Shaw’s How Can I Keep from Singing? offers quality with minimal time commitment. (CrossAccent, March 2013)

Tune: “How Can I Keep from Singing”

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