Anthem for unison (optional two-part) voices and instruments by John D. Horman.
Our church music heritage is rooted in the Levites of the Old Testament. Levitical singers used instruments “to raise sounds of joy” in 1 Chronicles 15:16 and again in 2 Chronicles 5:12-13. Psalm 150 also gives us an instrumental inventory used for praise. Five stanzas outline ways we can praise God: singing, clapping/stomping, cymbals/drums, and ringing bells. Each stanza concludes with a refrain based on Psalm 118:24. The final stanza returns to the singing theme with an option second part.
The keyboard accompaniment fully supports the voices with added rhythms and interesting harmonies. Instruments add to the color and illustrate the text including clapping, stamping, cymbal, drum, and handbells. The percussion notation is in the score. A separate handbell part is included at the back of the anthem. The handbell part is simple and may be played by an intermediate level group. The vocal ranges make this suited for middle elementary and up.
Performance options include singing stanza 1 or the entire anthem as a call to worship. This general anthem may be used as the first anthem of the year to kick off the fall or as the final anthem of the choir year bringing together voices and instruments. The refrain may be used as an antiphon for Psalm 118 or similar praise psalm. A rehearsal/accompaniment CD # 0687326397 is available.Appropriate days:
Service themes on praise; music-themed services; and general worship.