Wondrous LoveAmerican folk hymn /arr. Douglas Mears - Douglas Mears
Publisher Desc. The hauntingly beautiful folk hymn, "Wondrous Love," was discovered by William Walker, an American Baptist song leader, shape-note "singing master," and folk music compiler. After he published it in "The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion, 1835," using the shaped note music notation system that was the foundation of musical teaching in rural America, this moving hymn gained widespread exposure. A prominent feature in this setting for SATB choir and chamber orchestra is the use of word painting. The literal meaning of the text is reflected in the musical gestures. Creative orchestration, imaginative harmony, and innovative counterpoint all join together to intensify this beloved hymn's powerful message.
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