Composer:   hymn tune
Arranger:   Jay Althouse
Publisher:   Alfred
Edition:   7970
Voicing:   SATB
Setting:   Accompanied


Mike Ellingsen
Trinity Lutheran, Blue Earth 2005
R&R Chair Music in Worship

After a short keyboard and trumpet introduction, this anthem opens with unison men on the hymn tune. It can also function as a fine processional, allowing the choir to arrive at the front of the church in time to sing the a cappella center section. Voice leading is very friendly throughout, with some brief soprano divisi in the third verse. The trumpet line can be easily transposed for French horn, and the anthem works well with that change. The selection closes with a restatement of the original line of the carol.