This arrangement by Duane Funderburk (mp3 and pdf sample) was our prelude for this past Sunday morning, and here are some takeaways:
- The parts are well-written for each instrument – everyone playing will enjoy their contribution.
- The parts are not for intermediate players – you need players who are advanced on their instrument.
- You will need some rehearsal time to really achieve an ensemble with this piece – and it is well worth it.
Musically, this is an exciting arrangement that manages to stay true to the meaning and the spirit of the text. It also ends beautifully with a recap of some of the earlier musical episodes, finishing in a graceful andante. When used in a service of worship, this softer ending helps to defuse the tendency to applaud the skills of the players, and it instead helps the congregation to consider what the song is about, rather than how well it was played.
Mr. Funderburk has several other arrangements in this same series, and I look forward to working on them and using them in upcoming worship services.