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Ponder Anew

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Composed by LOBE DEN HERREN. Arranged by Robert Myers. Contemporary Classical, Christian, Sacred, General Worship. 64 pages. Published by WheatMyer Music (S0.635339).

Item Number: S0.635339

Joachim Leander's "Praise tothe LORD, the Almighty," as translated by Catherine Winkworth, hasconsistently been one of the most published hymns in the English language sincethe mid-20th Century. Its anonymously composed tune, LOBE DEN HERREN, almostexclusively paired with this text since the 17th Century, is also much loved.Even J.S. Bach found it suitable to feature in his 137th cantata.

 The title of this arrangement,Ponder Anew, as taken from the commonly used third stanza of the hymn,"Ponder anew what the Almighty can do," invites one to considerafresh the attributes and works of Almighty God as one listens to this completelynew setting of the tune. This arrangement for orchestra features threevariations of the complete hymn tune utilizing metrical and harmonic changes tomaintain focus on the tune and its text. These are bracketed via repetitions ofthe first five tune pitches in harmonic planing over a crescendoed pedal toneproducing steadily increasing tension with unexpected resolutions of thebeginning and concluding phrases.

The music in not particularlydifficult and should be readily playable by high school or higher levelmusicians. Yet, both musicians and audience will find the work interesting andenjoyable with music that reflects the majesty and mystery of its subject.

Robert Myers



Picc, Fl1, 2

Oboe 1, 2

Bb Cl 1, 2 + Bass Cl

Bsn 1

Hn 1, 2

Tpt 1, 2, 3

Tbn 1, 2, 3



Perc. 1 (glock, crash cym,sus cym, ride cym, mark tree, claves, tam tam)

Perc. 2 or Drum Set (snare,bass drum, toms (lo/mid/hi), crash cym, finger cym or triangle, ride cym, syscym)

Vln 1, 2




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