“God of the Plains” – Advent (or General) anthem for SATB voices, piano, flute, and percussion; words and music by Dadee Reilly
E/D v:5-7, p: 5-7
Rich in images such as God whispering through the grass and God’s eyes in the stars that gaze down upon the earth, the harmonies and rhythms of native people reaches out to you in this anthem by Dadee Reilly. Creatively using changes in meter, the text and music blend perfectly together to create an anthem that is haunting.
The piano accompaniment is of average difficulty, however careful attention will need to be paid to secure changes in meters in the anthem. Adding the percussion and flute adds significantly to the beauty of the anthem. Consider playing the flute part on a keyboard or organ flute stop if needed.
Performance options include singing as the prayer of the day, and using an SAB trio on measures 8-28, which would emphasize the Advent nature of the text.
Appropriate days : Advent I-IV, celebrations of the gifts of Native American communities, Earth Day/Ecology recognition