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Thy Strong Word Did Cleave the Darkness (Choral Score)

By James Biery

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Congregation, SATB choir, and organ, with optional brass quartet and timpani (Instrumental Parts include: Trumpet I and II in B-flat and C, Horn in F (substitute for Trombone I), Trombone I and II, Timpani) - Early Intermediate
Composed by James Biery. Reformation, Epiphany, 21st Century, Word of God. MorningStar Music Publishers #60-6114. Published by MorningStar Music Publishers (MN.60-6114).

Item Number: MN.60-6114


From the mysterious to the glorious, Biery perfectly captures the wide-ranging moods of this text, set to the enduring tune EBENEZER. This hymn concertato was written for the Schola Cantorum of Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana in observance of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. So, it's no surprise that the setting has considerable sweep and gravitas, with some fresh harmonic twists. A beautiful choir-only section spans stanzas three and four in major tonalities that nicely complement the staid minor of the rest of the hymn. The sixth and final stanza is unison with descant and concludes with a choir Alleluia and Amen. Stirring and majestic. Duration 4:00

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