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Abide with Me (or Spirit of God, Descend upon My Heart)

By W. H. Monk

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Piano, SATB - Early Intermediate
Composed by W. H. Monk. Arranged by Johnathan Kana. Christian, Sacred, General Worship, Funeral. Score. 9 pages. Published by Johnathan Kana (S0.90249).

Item Number: S0.90249

Composed while I was music director for a small rural church choir during my college years, this heartfelt hymn-anthem is an oft-requested congregational favorite. Designed with maximum choral flexibility in mind, the setting may be performed using either the text of "Abide with Me" or with the lesser-known text "Spirit of God, Descend upon My Heart," making this a two-for-one purchase, equally suitable for general use or for a delightful Pentecost feature. It was created with the needs of a small rural choir in mind, so it features mostly unison choral writing, with simple divisi sections at the climax section, and an attractive piano accompaniment that doubles the melody in a non-intrusive way. Choirs of as few as six voices can perform this with some dedicated rehearsal time, or choruses of thirty or more voices can perform this practically on sight. Either way, performers and audiences alike are sure to ask for encore performances of this beloved tune.

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