Joachim Leander’s “Praise to the LORD, the Almighty,” as translated by Catherine Winkworth, has been one of the most published hymns in the English language since the mid-20th Century. Its anonymously composed tune, LOBE DEN HERREN, almost exclusively 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.
Ponder Anew features three variations of the complete hymn tune utilizing metrical and harmonic adaptation to maintain focus on the tune and its text. These are bracketed via repetitions of the first five tune pitches in harmonic planing over a crescendoed pedal tone producing steadily increasing tension with unexpected resolutions of the beginning and concluding phrases. The result is simultaneously powerful and intimate.
Includes full score and set of parts.
Fl 1/2 + Picc
Bb Clar 1/2 + Bass
Hn in F 1/2
Bb Tpt 1/2/3
Tbn 1/2 + Bass Tbn
Perc 1 (Glock, Crash, Sus. Cym., Mark Tree, Claves, Tam Tam)
Perc 2 (Ride, SD, BD, Finger Cym.)