Category:   CHILDREN & YOUTH
Composer:   Quaker hymn
Arranger:   Neil Ginsberg
Publisher:   Santa Barbara Music Publishing
Edition:   SBMP 223
Voicing:   SSA
Setting:   Accompanied

Reviewer:   

Aaron J. Carpenter
Land of Lakes Choirboys 2011
R&R Chair Children & Youth

Never have I heard a more beautiful setting of this traditional hymn. Ginsberg sets the tone with a hauntingly beautiful a cappella opening with ‘ooo’ and ‘ahhh,’ which is what your audience will be doing. A piano accompaniment, which every accompanist will love to “sing,” adds to the flowing motion of the entire piece. The melody moves from part to part finally settling in the cello-like sound of the alto section. This setting comes to an end with an a cappella section echoing the opening phrases and ending with a distant “bell” from the piano. Absolutely stunning!