How Sweet the Sound (Hymns of Faith and Assurance). By Barbara Boertje. For piano. Sacred. Moderately difficult. Published by Lorenz Publishing Company (LO.70-1475L).
Most recognize "how sweet the sound" as the answering thought to "Amazing grace" and so it is sweet indeed in a stunning arrangement combining NEW BRITAIN with JESUS SAVES. But more than that, the sentiment of the sweet sound is the Christian message captured in some of our most beloved hymn tunes- FINLANDIA, ASSURANCE, THOMPSON, VILLE DU HAVRE, to name a few. And in rich, lush arrangements fully realized in an idiomatic way by a talented Christian pianist and composer. There are challenges to be found in this collection, but the musical result will be well worth the effort.