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Jesus, My All, to Heaven Is Gone

By Howard Helvey

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2-part mixed choir (2-part Mixed)
Composed by Howard Helvey. Sacred. Octavo. Published by Beckenhorst Press (BP.1562).

Item Number: BP.1562

Obedience, discipleship and commitment are the themes of this lesser-known spiritual. The mood of the anthem - austere, languid and plaintive - is perfect for the Lenten season and the reference to Jesus' return to heaven certainly makes it suitable for Ascension. The real appeal, though, lies in Howard Helvey's musical setting - simple and introspective with a hint of jazz harmony in the Satie-like figures of the accompaniment and a beautiful obbligato in the oboe. It is rare to find a 2-part anthem with this level of sophistication.