When I Return (Homeward Bound) by Marta Keen. Arranged by Jay Althouse. Choir Sacred. 3-Part Mixed Choir (SAB). Choral (Sacred); Choral Octavo; Worship Resources. Sacred Choral Series. Ash Wednesday; Easter; Folk; Funeral; Lent; Sacred; Spring. Grade 2. Choral Octavo. 8 pages. Published by Alfred Music (AP.24231).
Sheer poetry! This anthem of timeless beauty opens quietly with a haunting, folk-like melody sung by a soloist (opt. section) and the simplest of accompaniments. Singing of the pilgrim on lifeâ€™s journey, it gradually builds through powerful choral writing: "Christ, my one Lord and Master, guide each step of my way." The return of the soloist signals the simple yet dramatic farewell.