God is gone up - Alan Smith

Duration: 2'00"
Ensemble: SAMen organ
Grading: Easy
CMP193 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 received its first performance on Ascension Day 2015 at St Andrew's, Burgess Hill, where the composer is Director of Music. It is also available as a 4-part setting (SATB).