Composer Craig Phillips
Text Carl P. Daw, Jr.
Voicing SATB, organ
Topics Faith, Ministry & Service, Pilgrimage
Price $2.25 (U.S.)
Length 3' 40" Released 7/98
Catalog no. 410-691
Difficulty Mod. difficult
Discography A Festival Song: The Music of Craig Phillips (All Saints Episcopal Church, Beverly Hills, Calif., Tom Foster, cond.)
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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.
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 800.323.1049-www.hopepublishing.com).
All rights reserved. Used by permission.
"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