Softly and Tenderly composed by Raymond S. Brown. Arranged by Thomas Fettke. For SATB choir, piano. Sacred Anthem, All Saints' Day, General, Lent. Octavo. Published by Lorenz Publishing Company (LO.10-3875L).
Softly and tenderly Jesus is calling. Raymond Brown's inspired new setting of this traditional hymn text has become a contemporary favorite, recorded by such artists as Cynthia Clawson and Selah. Now, Tom Fettke has adapted Brown's setting for church choir, with accessible choral lines and a gently flowing accompaniment. The expressive opening gradually builds through use of different textures to a soaring final stanza before tranquilly stating Jesus' calling: Oh sinner, come home.