God is gone up - Alan Smith

Duration: 2'00"
Ensemble: SATB organ
CMP190 Full score £1.50

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This straightforward anthem for Ascensiontide uses a text by Bishop Reginald Heber. The piece is in three sections. The opening uses a declamatory fanfare-like figure which matches the text well. The second section — in the minor key — is a contrast, using unison male voices answered by unison upper voices. This leads back into the third section, which is basically a repeat of the first, but with a coda.

The piece started life as an anthem for three voices (SAMen) and it was in this format that it received its first performance on Ascension Day 2015 at St Andrew's, Burgess Hill, where the composer is Director of Music. It has been expanded into a 4-part setting for this publication.