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Savior, like a Shepherd Lead Us

By William B. Bradbury

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Piano Solo - Advanced - Digital Download
Composed by William B. Bradbury. Arranged by Daniel Steenson. Romantic Period, Sacred, General Worship, Wedding, Recital. Score. 4 pages. Published by Daniel Steenson (S0.616957).

Item Number: S0.616957

Daniel Steenson's early-advanced piano setting of "Savior, like a Shepherd, Lead Us" is suitable as an offertory, a meditation before communion, wedding prelude music, or a recital piece. The main challenge lies in the 2nd stanza (mm. 18-32). I chose F-sharp major (G-flat major) for its resonant and harmonious qualities. You will find a wide-variety of color contrasts in this rich key as you travel between registers. Use the black and gray zones of the keys (hand position should be closer to fall board) for smoother, lateral movement (avoid zig-zagging in and out of the black keys). Also, listen for the hymn tune in the alto line (m. 18). Create “bell” effects in mm. 26-32 (LH crossings are optional) using succinct and gentle finger-tip releases. Catch each harmonic bass-note change with a clean pedal. Double-check your note accuracy in m. 43, and play the C double-sharps! (it helps to hear this measure as a D major 7th chord in first inversion).  Enjoy this transcription of Bradbury's ageless hymn - still cherished by young and old alike!

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