Christ, Mighty Savior
for SATB chorus with assembly, organ, handbells or handchimes, and oboe
text by Anne LeCroy
tune by Richard Dirksen, arr. by ZMH
Washington National Cathedral Series
MorningStar Music, 50-5915
Rich in imagery, Anne LeCroy's evening hymn is perfectly matched with this chant-like tune (INNISFREE FARM) by Richard Dirksen.
In this setting, "Highben creates an atmosphere of peaceful adoration. Random ringing from the handbells begins the setting, joined by a quiet organ accompaniment and an unadorned woodwind melody. After a unison stanza with organ, the women sing stanza 2...crowned by gentle bell tones and supported by organ. Highben incorporates the congregation...on stanza 3, where all men sing in unison below a two-part descant sung by the choir women. All sing in unison again on stanza 4, with a woodwind descant, before the choir sings stanza 5, in four-part a cappella harmony. To conclude, the random ringing returns, and bells and voices fade to nothing at the end of the piece ('now and forever')."
~ Cross Accent review, March 2013
Dedicated to Catherine Rodland.