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The House of Faith

Composer Craig Phillips Text Carl P. Daw, Jr.
Voicing SATB and organ
Topics Faith, Ministry & Service, Pilgrimage
Length 3' 40" Price $2.25 (U.S.) Released 7/98
Catalog no. 410-691 Difficulty Moderately difficult
Discography A Festival Song: The Music of Craig Phillips (All Saints' Episcopal Church, Beverly Hills, Calif., Tom Foster, cond.)

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"Church choir conductor's searching for a text that extols acceptance of diversity will find it in Phillip's The House of Faith Has Many Rooms. Set to a text by Carl Daw, Jr., and composed on a commission from the 1998 Mississippi Conference on Church Music and Liturgy, this is a well-crafted and readily accessible anthem. While the work contains a few odd meters and several changes of meter in close proximity, no other technical difficulties are present. The organ part is a little more challenging, but because of the slow tempo of the work, does not pose any unusual technical problems. Most of the choral writing is homophonic and weaves through several key changes within the piece. The harmonic style is not particularly dissonant; chords of extended harmony are used but usually resolve as expected. Only sixty-three measures long, this musically rewarding work may be learned quickly by most church choirs." -Choral Journal, May 1999

An exquisitely beautiful setting of a text by Carl Daw. The eloquent organ accompaniment, the work's harmonic warmth, and its gently shifting meters all contribute to the atmosphere of peace, reassurance, and well-being which pervades the work. This piece was commissioned for and was premiered at the 1998 Mississippi Conference.

Anthem text
The house of faith has many rooms
where we have never been;
there is more space within God's scope
than we have ever seen.

We dare not limit God's domain
to what our creeds declare,
or shrink from probing things unknown
lest God should not be there.

The way to God is not escape,
though truth does make us free:
the life of chosen servanthood
is perfect liberty.

Yet still we seek at journey's end
the last and sweetest grace,
the gift of room to turn around
and know God face to face.

-Carl P. Daw, Jr., 1990
© 1990 Hope Publishing Co., Carol Stream, Ill., 60188 (for permission to reprint this text contact Hope at All rights reserved. Used by permission.


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