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When in Our Music, God Is Glorified

Composer William P. Rowan
Text Fred Pratt Green
SATB, organ, and opt. cong.
Topics Praise & Adoration, Music, Celebration of a Church's Ministry
2' 30" Price $1.75 (U.S.)  Released 3/91
Catalog no. 418-618  Difficulty Moderately difficult

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"Rowan wrote the tune YOGANANDA and the concertato for Fred Pratt Green's 1982. Unless you have a hymnal or supplement that has this tune and text, you will have to use this piece as an anthem because there is no melody and text page to reproduce for the worship bulletin [this is incorrect: it is included on the back of every octavo­the publisher]. The second and fourth stanzas are for SATB choir. The final stanza has a descant for sopranos and tenors." -The American Organist, July 1997.

Description A festive and lively new setting of Fred Pratt Green's well-known text, this anthem has as its theme how music, today and throughout the ages, has been a means for praising God. Moderately difficult, but worth the effort.

Anthem text
When, in our music, God is glorified,
and adoration leaves no room for pride,
it is as though the whole creation cried:
Alleluia! Alleluia!

How often, making music, we have found
a new dimension in the world of sound,
as worship moved us to a more profound
Alleluia! Alleluia!

So has the church, in liturgy and song,
in faith and love, through centuries of wrong,
borne witness to the truth in every tongue:
Alleluia! Alleluia!

And did not Jesus sing a Psalm that night,
when utmost evil strove against the Light?
Then let us sing for whom he won the fight:
Alleluia! Alleluia!

Let every instrument be tuned for praise!
Let all rejoice who have a voice to raise!
And may God give us faith to sing always:
Alleluia! Alleluia!

Text: Fred Pratt Green, 1972.
©1989 Hope Publishing Co., Carol Stream, Ill. 60188 (for permission to reprint this text contact Hope at All rights reserved.

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