Composer Alfred V. Fedak
Text Isaiah 61, Luke 4
Voicing SATB, organ
Topics Ministry and Service, Missions
Lectionary usage Lent 1C, Epiphany
Price $2.00 (U.S.)
Length 2' 40" Released 6/15
Catalog no. 410-530
Difficulty Mod. easy
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Min. of 5
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me
because he has anointed me
to preach the gospel to the poor.
He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted,
to preach deliverance to the captives,
and recovery of sight to the blind,
to preach the acceptable year of the Lord.
To give to them that mourn a garland for ashes,
the oil of gladness instead of their tears,
the garment of praise for their spirit of heaviness,
that they may be called oaks of righteousness,
the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified.
This day, in your midst are these words fulfilled.
Isaiah 61, Luke 4
Description The text of this anthem is drawn from Isaiah 61 and Luke 4 and evokes a message of mission and service. Fedak’s setting begins warmly and gently and builds to an assured and glorious ending—stating that "this day, in your midst are these words fulfilled." "Fedak creates the impression of a large tone poem within the parameters of a normal anthem, making the piece feel heftier than it really is." (AAM Journal)
"Alfred Fedak has a singular way of creating music that sounds difficult and complex while in actuality placing modest demands on choirs. His capable integration of a variety of sources, from plainsong to motivically-derived development techniques, imbues his anthems with sophistication. These recent offerings show him at his best. The Acceptable Year counterposes words from Isaiah 61 and Luke 4 in prophecy and fulfillment. Fedak approaches the text in a paced choral essay, giving the memorable melodic material to the organ. Despite the accompaniment's active and prominent role, it poses few challenges, and the vocal writing is also moderately easy. Fedak creates the impression of a large tone poem within the parameters of a normal anthem, making the piece feel heftier than it really is. The anthem is particularly useful in the season after Epiphany when Luke 4 is read." --AAM Journal, September 2017