"I have always been a great fan of 'Thy Light Is Come'.
You have helped me realize a very special dream not only
in being able to perform it in the company of its extremely
gifted creator (and heck of a nice guy too!) but perform it
all dressed up in wonderful brass/timpani finery. What a rush!
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I absolutely LOVE this piece!"
'Thy Light is Come' is a magnificent piece of choral music, and it
was a privilege to perform it."
Thy Light Is Come
for SATB Choir and Organ, with optional Brass and Timpani
This festive anthem was commissioned and premiered as a work for mixed voices and organ by Peter Fyfe and Christ Episcopal Church in Nashville, Tennessee. In 2004, at the request of Washington (D.C.) National Cathedral Choral Society Music Director J. Reilly Lewis, Sartor created a new version of the piece that included brass and timpani. The new version was performed three times to a total audience of 10,000 as the concluding work on each of the Choral Society's critically acclaimed “The Joy of Christmas” concerts at the Washington National Cathedral, by the 240-voice Cathedral Choral Society with the Washington Symphonic Brass, timpani and organ, conducted by Dr. Lewis.
The text of Thy Light Is Come, drawn from Isaiah 60, proclaims in glorious fashion that God’s presence is the light that illuminates a new future. The opening choral fanfare on the word “Arise” establishes a celebratory mood, and the work’s four sections employ quickly-shifting tonal centers and a wide palette of expressive demands to musically depict the scripture’s poetic imagery. After a return of the opening fanfare confirms that our light has indeed come, an extended “Amen” coda brings the anthem to a joyous and full-throated conclusion.
Thy Light Is Come is recommended for advanced and professional choirs, and is ideal
for Epiphany concerts, Christmas concerts, or any festive occasion. It can be performed with or
without the optional brass and timpani parts.
Optional Instrumental Parts
Bb Trumpet 1
F Horn 1 (substitutes for Bb Trumpet 3)
Published by E. C. Schirmer Co., Boston, MA.
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