Hymn-anthem for SATB (divided) voices, high voice solo a cappella; words by Francis of Assisi; music from Geistliche Kirchengesange; arranged by Ken Dosso.
Vocal jazz elements bring a new spirit to this treasured hymn of praise. The introduction is a sequence repeated three times to establish tonality, style, and tempo. Measure 5 is the first use of the men’s motif on “Praise ye!” The melody enters at measure 9 in the women’s voices and is used for both stanzas 1 and 2. A modulation from D major to E major transitions to stanza 3, set for solo voice accompanied by choir. The fourth stanza abruptly moves up to F major, voiced as in stanza 1 with brief solo interjections.
A keyboard reduction is included in the score for rehearsal. Tonality is traditional and rhythms repetitive aiding the learning process. The challenge lies in introducing the style to a traditional choral ensemble. The familiarity of text and tune make this accessible as an early vocal jazz experience.
Performance options include omitting the brief introduction starting the anthem at measure 5. You may choose to play the keyboard reduction to assist less confident ensembles rather than singing a cappella. Appropriate days: