Unto the Hills

Composer David W. Music
Text Psalm 121
Voicing
SATB and keyboard
Scripture references
Psalm 121 Topics Assurance, Creation, Trust in God
Length
1' 45" Price $1.50 (U.S.) Released 3/94
Catalog no. 410-821 Difficulty Moderately easy

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"As we are pleasantly witnessing a resurgence of Psalm singing in evangelical churches, this choral setting of Psalm 121 is a welcome resource. Music's writing is thoughtful. His use of harmonies reflects an apparent interest in the church modes, providing unusual harmonic interest, yet not beyond the appreciation of the typical congregation. With only ten measures in four-part (the remainder is unison and two-part), this is a wonderful piece for summer or those 'who knows who will come' Sundays. There is great depth in the music, however, and that should not be slighted." -Creator, July/August 1994. (One of "select twenty.")

Description David Music has arranged the neglected early American hymn FAIRFIELD to a metrical paraphrase of Psalm 121. His accompaniment gives new life to the tune and yet still is true to its folk origins.

Anthem text
Unto the hills I lift mine eyes;
O whence shall come my aid?
My help is from the Lord alone,
who heaven and earth has made;
my help is from the Lord alone,
who heaven and earth has made.

He will not let thy foot be moved,
thy guardian never sleeps;
with watchful and unslumbering care
his own he safely keeps;
with watchful and unslumbering care
his own he safely keeps.

Thy faithful keeper is the Lord,
thy shelter and thy shade;
'neath sun or moon, by day or night,
thou shalt not be afraid;
'neath sun or moon by day or night,
thou shalt not be afraid.

From evil he will keep thee safe,
for thee he will provide;
thy going out, thy coming in,
forever he will guide;
thy going out, thy coming in,
forever he will guide.

Text: Psalm 121; vers. by The Psalter, 1912.

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