The recurring melodic motif will guide your choir through the learning process of this new anthem setting of Psalm 133. Unison voices introduce the melodic theme used throughout the song. The restatement of the same text begins in canon with voices singing together at “harmony,” a well-placed text painting. A modulation and meter change at measure 23 alters the dance-like feeling to a that of a hymn. Homophonic writing dominates with the accompaniment doubling the voices. The closing section returns to the opening meter and key. The melody hints at a canon, but text painting on “unity” returns the voices to unison singing. The pattern continues as the anthem builds and divides to its grand finale.
Quarter note triplets in the middle section may require explanation for less experienced ensembles. The accompaniment often doubles the voices, if not rhythmically, certainly harmonically. Ranges are relatively moderate until the ending divisi, which requires confident sopranos.
PERFORMANCE OPTIONS include the use of a soloist on the opening melodic statement. Vocal divisi are often doubled and may be omitted in one voice if numbers are not available.
APPROPRIATE DAYS: Worship including Psalm 133, worship services on social concerns, and general worship.
AGE APPROPRIATENESS: Adults
VOCAL DIFFICULTY: Moderately difficult
ACCOMPANIMENT DIFFICULTY: Moderately difficult