Is It Nothing to You?
Composer Ronald A. Nelson
Text Lamentations 1:12, Isaiah 53:12b, 5b
Voicing SATB and keyboard
Church Season Lent, Good Friday
Length 1' 35" Price $1.50 (U.S.) Released 1/99
Catalog no. 405-451 Difficulty Moderately easy
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"This is your choral work for Good Friday! Nelson has apprehended the despondent heaviness of heart of verses from Lamentations 1 and Isaiah 53 in this arresting setting. Highly recommended" --Cross Accent, Spring 2000
"This piece for SATB choir uses texts from Lamentations 1:12 and Isaiah 53:12b, 5b. The accompaniment is austere with much pedal point on low C, and plaining chords. It is very expressive and dramatic. The climax is near the end of the piece when the choir sings in unison at fortissimo dynamic level the words, 'He has poured out himself to death,' after which is a subito piano unaccompanied on the words, 'Yet he bore the sins of many, and by his bruises we are healed.' " --The Hymn, January 2001
"Selah Publishing Co. provided a copy of 'Is it nothing to you?' (405-451) by Ronald A. Nelson. Again, an appropriate piece for Good Friday, the textures are simple and there is a good bit of doubling ST/AB. A short, contrapuntal section provides some climax and there is an independent accompaniment part." --AAM Journal, September 1999
Description Ronald Nelson has paired two Old Testament readings for Good Friday in this emotionally-charged anthem. The simple, declamatory voice parts stand out in sharp relief above the ominous, throbbing accompaniment. The work ends quietly with Isaiah's words: "And by his bruises we are healed."
"Is it nothing to you? Look and see, all you who pass by,
if there is any sorrow like my sorrow."
He has poured out himself to death!
Yet he bore the sins of many, and by his bruises we are healed.
-Lamentations 1:12, Isaiah 53:12b, 5b