Academic journal article The Hymn

The Essential Collection for the Church Soloist

Academic journal article The Hymn

The Essential Collection for the Church Soloist

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SOLO VOCAL

The essential collection for the church soloist compiled and arranged by Lloyd Larson. Hope Publishing Company (8508)

An exquisite collection of fifty-one creative and accessible arrangements is furnished here to provide vocal soloists and their accompanists a wide array of inspirational hymn-based songs to be used in various gatherings: worship, fellowship, wedding, or funeral. For Lloyd Larson, "the songs contained in this collection represent a wide range of music literally spanning hundreds of years." Indeed, tunes that have been engraved in the history of the church are found reset with representative diversity of time periods. For example, veni Emmanuel ("O come, O come Emmanuel") from the Middle Ages and greensleeves ("What child is this?") from the Renaissance stand alongside gloria ("Christmas angels") from the Age of Enlightenment, and O perfect love from the Romantic Era; faithfulness ("Great is thy faithfulness") from between the two World Wars and "We shall overcome" from the African American civil rights movement join "Be still and know" from the late twentieth century and "In Christ alone" from the present time.

Four selections combine two titles within the same arrangement to expand on the theme selected. For example "Deep river" and "Shall we gather at the river" merge under the river theme, as do "There is a redeemer" and "I know that my redeemer lives" under the redemptive theme.

The value of this compilation is in combining sensitively-written keyboard accompaniments with tunes true to their own origin. …

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