Academic journal article The Hymn

Hope of the World

Academic journal article The Hymn

Hope of the World

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Hope of the world by Taylor Davis [SAB and piano]. Augsburg Fortress (ED015040) TOPICS: general; commitment; encouragement; prayer; Lord's kingship biblical references: Romans 15:13, John 6: 35, John 8:12

This original composition brings a distinctive new flavor to Georgia Harkness's text, though omitting the stanza that highlights the cross and its saving purpose. Set in a molto rubato expressive mark throughout, Taylor Davis treats the poem as an incantation focused on the "Hope of the world" motive in intervals of fourths, vocally and pianistically. It is written with a delicate balance of voices and is extremely well crafted, with sensible dynamics to emphasize the fluctuating character of each stanza.

From the onset, an interesting wavering harmonic treatment carries the main melodic motive between two tonalities, C and F major, so that one is never quite sure which key is definitely chosen. The first two stanzas lead into a responsory/canonic treatment upon the basic motive in fourths among the three vocal parts. Assisted by an ampler accompaniment pattern and a crescendo over six measures, the harmonic movement resolutely moves to the new key pole of E major and its wavering A major partner. …

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