Jesus Calls Us O'er the Tumult
Composer Deborah Holden-Holloway
Text Cecil F. Alexander (1852)
Voicing SATB, recorder, and percussion
Topics Christian Life
Scripture references Matthew 4:18-22
Length 2' 10" Price $2.00 (U.S.) Released 1996
Catalog no. 410-304 Difficulty Moderately easy
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"Unpretentious, singable melody given a very attractive treatment. Not difficult." -Cross Accent, 7/96
"Here is a lively setting of Cecil Frances Alexander's well-known hymn, but it is a gentle liveliness that works well with the poetry. It begins in unison, moves to canon and so on in a very effective, very simple manner." -The American Organist, May 1997
"Deborah Holden-Holloway's Jesus calls us o'er the tumult is a skillful setting of a hauntingly beautiful Dorian tune which has strong Sacred Harp overtones. In addition to her excellent vocal writing, she varies the essential percussion parts just enough to keep them becomming irritating." -AAM Journal, November/December 1997
Description A new tune to Cecil Frances Alexander's text, with an early American Sacred Harp feel to it. The simpler voicing makes it possible for even high school groups.
Jesus calls us o'er the tumult
of our life's wild restless sea.
Day by day his clear voice soundeth,
saying, "Christians follow me."
As of old, Saint Andrew heard it
by the Galilean lake,
turned from home, and toil and kindred,
leaving all for his dear sake.
In our joys and in our sorrows,
Days of toil and hours of ease,
still he calls in cares and pleasures,
"Christian, love me more than these."
Jesus calls us by thy mercies,
Savior, make us hear thy call;
give our hearts to thine obedience,
serve and love thee best of all.
Text: Cecil Frances Alexander, 1852.