Category:   TTBB CHOIRS
Composer:   Quaker hymn
Arranger:   Gwyneth Walker
Publisher:   E.C. Schirmer
Edition:   6336
Voicing:   TTBB
Setting:   Accompanied


Mark Potvin
Princeton High School
R&R Chair TTBB Choirs

Driving rhythms in common time aren’t the common convention for this nineteenth century Quaker hymn. The men’s chorus edition of Walker’s setting is arguably more memorable than the original (SSAA) version, though defined by the same block chords and playful articulation that so magically capture the effervescent joy of the text. Particularly satisfying is the contrasting statement of “Yet I believe that love abides,” as it dissolves into the vocal dance that builds to the coda. Opting to add brass and percussion infuses the repeated tolling of the text “singing” with a ring akin to the finest carillon.