Bread of the World
Reginald Heber (1789-1855)
Voicing SATB and organ
Topics Communion/Lord's Supper
Length 4' 10" Price $1.15 (U.S.) Released
Catalog no. 410-423 Difficulty Moderately
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"SATB with soprano and baritone
solos and organ. Another Hampton anthem back in print-splendid!
It is a rather mystical setting, elusive harmonically, but once
the singers 'get it,' it stays with you. High, light soprano
needed. Originally composed to be sung during the distribution
of communion, it also works beautifully as an anthem." The
American Organist, February 1996
"A profound setting of Reginald Heber's
well-known text, with masterful canonic writing. It looks harder
than it really is. Moderate." Cross Accent, January
"Reginald Heber's familiar words receive
a fresh perspective from Calvin's fertile inspiration. This setting
is for SATB with soprano and baritone solos. The writing is largely
canonic and the soprano soloist (optional) must be capable of
entering piannissimo on high C. Organ accompaniment is interesting
and idiomatic. Worthy of serious consideration." The
American Organist, January 1997
anthem by the late Calvin Hampton has been out of print for some
time, and Selah is pleased to reissue the piece, for it is one
of Hampton's minor masterpieces. It requires soprano and baritone
soloists, but is of flexible length through repeats. Moderately
difficult, and pay attention to its subtleties.
Bread of the world, in mercy broken,
wine of the soul in mercy shed.
By whom the words of life were spoken,
and in whose death our sins are dead;
Bread of the world. Wine of the world.
Look on the heart by sorrow broken,
look on the tears by sinners shed;
and be thy feast to us thy token,
that by thy grace our souls are fed.
Bread of the world. Wine of the soul.
Alleluia, Amen. Alleluia, Amen.
Text: Reginald Heber, 1827.
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