Michael and Mendelssohn

Anyone who knows me knows that I love all things German. Composers are no exception. Felix Mendelssohn composed some truly wonderful melodies in his lifetime, and when I wrote these words a few months ago, one of his melodies came to mind. The original was “Grant Us Thy Peace” or “Verleih uns Frieden”, and I think the words and music fit perfectly together.

Dearest Lord, With My Heart Full

And here is another two-for-one hymn, utilizing the same melody, with a bit different structure.

Sabbath Day_Father This Hour Has Been One of Joy (alt)

The Day Dawn is Breaking

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Greetings from on the road!  I’m on the road with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and finally had some time to write some music. Here’s my latest offering: The Day

Dawn is Breaking SATB

Don’t be scared off by the time signature. Though it does have some 7/8, it is consistent, and shouldn’t be too hard once you get the hang of it. I feel like the key signature helps capture the joyous nature of the piece.