Softly and tenderly composed by Mack Wilberg (1955-). For SSAA choir and piano or orchestra (flute, 3 horn, harp, strings). Sacred. Octavo. Duration 5 minutes. Published by Oxford University Press (OU.9780193401617).
This gentle arrangement of Will L. Thompson's words and melody (1880) is ideal for upper-voice choirs of all levels of experience. The melody is sympathetically treated, with simple vocal harmonizations alongside unison singing, reflecting the humble message of the text: 'Jesus is calling, come home'. The accompaniment, for piano or small orchestra, creates a lush bed of sound over which the voices resonate.