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Bread of the World

Composer Calvin Hampton
Text Reginald Heber (1789-1855)
SATB and organ
Topics Communion/Lord's Supper
4' 10" Price $1.15 (U.S.) Released 5/95
Catalog no. 410-423  Difficulty Moderately difficult

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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 1996

"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

Description This 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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