Advent anthem for SATB voices (div.), soprano and alto solos, a cappella; words by Charles Wesley; music by Rowland Prichard, arranged by Ken Dosso.
Hope in the coming Messiah is clearly presented in this familiar Wesley text. The hyfrydol tune so closely associated with this hymn remains true in the solo line accompanied by choir. A four-measure introduction establishes the rhythmic divided men’s part with women completing the harmonic structure. Soprano and alto soloists share the responsibility of the melody with some two-part segments. Stanza 3 includes a brief homophonic setting of the tune for the choir before returning to the solos. A coda quietly concludes the anthem repeating “O come, Lord.”
The choral parts include much repetition, both melodic and rhythmic. A modulation from G major to A major occurs at stanza 3. Vocal ranges are moderate including the solos. This is an accessible arrangement even for less-experienced ensembles interested in a cappella or vocal jazz.
Performance options include doubling the choir parts at the keyboard for added stability. Closed score makes this easy to accomplish. The solo could be sung by one person omitting the harmony part. Appropriate days:
Services in Advent.