FOR BRASS QUINTET, TIMP, AND ORGAN
Five-part brass and timp, organ, congregation, and choir; our own harmonization used as the 'hymnal' setting. The audio is the English variant with a 6/4 bar in the final quatrain. (Score and parts for the 4/4 version are also available on your download page.)
Intro Ensemble + Organ
1 Tutti, base harmonization (original)
God of the prophets, bless the prophets' heirs!
Elijah's mantle o'er Elisha cast:
each age for thine own solemn task prepares,
make each one stronger, nobler than the last.
2 Organ - base, hymnal, or ad lib harmonization
Anoint them prophets! Teach them thine intent:
to human need their quickened hearts awake;
fill them with grace, their lips make eloquent*
that righteousness like morning's dawn light break.*
3 Organ + Descant with harmonization
Anoint them priests, who interceding pray*
For pardon and for love and hope and peace,
That, through their prayer, the world now gone astray*
In Jesus then finds mercy and release.*
- note: descant melisma over tune half notes in 6/4 bar
4 Organ - base, hymnal, or ad lib harmonization
Anoint them preachers of thy love, O Lord!*
Anoint them with the Spirit of thy Son:
Neither by power, nor victor's flashing sword,*
theirs but by love of Christ a kingdom won.*
5 Tutti, separate harmonization
Make them apostles, heralds of thy cross;
forth may they go to tell all realms thy grace:
inspired of thee, may they count all but loss,
and stand at last with joy before thy face.
Louis Bourgeois, 1551
adapt. fr. Pseaumes Octante Trois de David
(Genevan Psalter #124)
'God of the prophets' by Denis Wortman, 1884
St. 1 and 5 original
St. 2, 3, and 4 alt.*
*alt. David Maurand CC-BY-NC-SA 4.0 (license)
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A festive setting for ordinations and feasts of title. Score, all parts, including choir with the updated text in pdf format: $35. (The organ descant is free, applied to verse five.)
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