Hymn anthem for SATB voices (div.) and soloist, a cappella; words by William Walford; music by William Bradbury; arranged by Ken Dosso.
A beloved hymn of prayer was penned around 1845 has been jazzed up in this setting by Ken Dosso. Set a cappella, the vocal introduction on nonsense syllables gives a blues feeling to the tonal color and rhythm. The soloist sings stanzas 1 and 2 supported by SATB vocal accompaniment. A brief interlude leads into stanza 3, shared among all voices. The anthem slows vocally with texture thinning to the final statement “sweet prayer.”
The challenge of this style is the independence of each vocal line and its vertical relationship to the tonal structure. A closed score is included for rehearsal purposes. All vocal parts are appropriate for an adult SATB ensemble.
Performance options include lightly doubling the voices on keyboard for security. This may be sung as a prayer, call to prayer, or general anthem.Appropriate days:
Service themes on prayer, trust; and general worship.