Category:   CHILDREN & YOUTH
Composer:   William Billings
Arranger:   Gerald Custer
Publisher:   GIA Publications, Inc.
Edition:   G-7033
Voicing:   SAB
Setting:   Accompanied

Reviewer:   

Aaron J. Carpenter
Land of Lakes Choirboys 2012
R&R Chair Children & Youth

Considered the “father of American choral music and hymnody.” William Billings’ huymn has been sung by many generations of singers and church-goers. The simple melody, known to many, gets a new look by Gerald Custer. Custer, in his arrangement for SAB voices, adds a piano accompaniment that reflects the text. Although this setting is arranged for SAB, it can be easily and successfully adapted for SSA voicing. It could also be sung without accompaniment as a processional.