Composer:   Charles Ives
Arranger:   NA
Publisher:   Hal Leonard
Edition:   HL 50229770
Voicing:   Unison
Setting:   Accompanied


Rick Kvam
Choral Arts Ensemble 2002
R&R Chair Community Choirs

Written about 1919, this mesmerizing piece sets John Greenleaf Whittier’s poem in a rhythmically subtle chant, accompanied by two alternating chords (interupted twice, strikingly, by a measure of hymn-tune harmony). With such spare musical materials, Ives creates a piece which is surprisingly challenging and satifying. Duration – 1:30.