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It Is Well with My Soul

By Mack Wilberg

3 flute (III+piccolo, ), 2 oboe, 2 clarinet (Bb), 2 bassoon, 4 horn, 3 trumpet, 3 trombonne, tuba, timpani, percussion, harp, organ, strings (SATB) - B
Composed by Mack Wilberg (1955-). Sacred choral - mixed voices. Sacred. Vocal Score. 12 pages. Duration 0:05:00. Oxford University Press #9780193524385. Published by Oxford University Press (OU.9780193524385).

Item Number: OU.9780193524385

ISBN 9780193524385. 6-7/8 x10-1/2 inches.

for SATB and organ or orchestra
This is an arrangement of the 19th-century hymn by Philip Bliss, with words written by Horatio Spafford following several personal tragedies. Despite having lost his first son to scarlet fever, most of his assets in the Great Fire of Chicago, and then his four daughters in a shipwreck, Spafford's enduring faith inspired him to write this hymn, which speaks of an internal, spiritual calm in the face of life's difficulties. Wilberg's arrangement of Bliss's tune keeps the first two verses in unison, first women and then men, before allowing fuller textures to take over. The choir is accompanied throughout, and two upward major 3rd modulations lead to a triumphant close.

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    Salt Lake City, UT
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  • September 10, 2019 It Is Well with My Soul

    This is a touching and lovely hymn in the first place, but with the sensitive and artistic arrangement by Mack Wilberg it becomes exquisite. Performers and listeners are moved by the beautiful harmonies and key changes as well as the text.

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