“O Jesus I Have Promised” – General anthem for SATB voices, piano, and violin; words by John E. Bode, adapt. by Evelyn R. Larter; music, traditional English melody arr. by Evelyn R. Larter
Every so often you find a wonderful new match of familiar text with a tune that makes the text become new again to the listener. In this very way, Evelyn Larter offers a wonderful combination of tune and text in this anthem. They are so beautifully matched that you may find that your choir wishes this wedding of text and tune was in your hymnal! All three stanzas are set to enable a volunteer choir to musically tell the story of the text with creative harmonization throughout. The men lead the melody in stanza 2 with a modulation into stanza 3 with full choir. The violin weaves in and around the choir becoming an integral part of the anthem.
The piano part is of average difficulty. Pianists may want to study the violin score to be aware of how the piano and violin intertwine throughout the anthem. If a violinist is unavailable, consider playing the violin part a keyboard or on a flute stop on the organ.
Performance options include singing measures 4-12 a cappella as a response in worship, as a soprano or tenor solo (making adjustments as needed in the octaves), and singing stanza 3 as a sending forth at the end of a service.
Appropriate days: General praise, themes of discipleship, stewardship, hymn festivals