General (opening of worship) Anthem for SAB voices and Piano by Keith Wilkerson - an anthem from Abingdon Press Choral Club volume 17.1 (Winter - Spring 2007)
The title refrain opens with syncopated joy and words of praise serving as the thematic glue for the anthem. Two stanzas identify the gathering to worship and the blessings of Christ. The “Hallelujah” bridge, located at the coda, transitions into a key change from D major to E-flat major and the return of the refrain. A final divided chord punctuates the cadence “your name.”
Melodic and rhythmic repetition make this a quick learn for most ensembles. The accompaniment helps define the style supporting the harmonic structure and syncopation. Articulation is indicated in the score enhancing the contemporary flavor of this style. Both youth and adult ensembles will enjoy learning this setting.
Performance options include use as a call to worship or general anthem. Consider incorporating members of the praise band for added color. Light percussion, bass guitar, and keyboard may enhance the style. The refrain is “catchy.” Your congregation may appreciate the opportunity to sing along. For variety, the stanzas may be sung as a solo/duet. An A/P CD is available for this anthem - item # 0687335779.
Appropriate days: General worship.