The E-flat minor tonality creates a doleful introduction to the alto and bass solos. Text invites all to the table. The refrain, set SATB, reminds us that we are invited, without cost, to be filled at the table by God’s mercy. Stanza 2 moves from 3/4 meter into 9/8, creating a sense of hurriedness in the eighth note accompaniment. Text includes “bread of life” and “goodness of the vine” illustrating the elements at the table. The refrain takes on new life in measure 53 with an overstated accompaniment. Caution in performance to not overpower the choir. A key change in measure 72 moves into C minor, resuming the opening tempo and meter. The text now sings of peace and rest found at the table. A final refrain statement completes the anthem.
The piano accompaniment demands a skilled player with tempo and meter changes, accidentals, and technical sections including arpeggios, large leaps, and dramatic rhythmic segments. The choral parts are similar in range.
Performance options include varying the solo assignments to fit the vocal resources of your choir. This anthem may be sung as a call to communion, during the serving of the elements, or as a stand alone anthem.
Appropriate days: Services celebrating Communion.
Age Level 6-8
Difficulty of vocal parts 6
Difficulty of accompaniment 8
File Size: 3.13 MB