Composition Spotlight: Hymns and Songs of the Church/There is a Green Hill Far Away
Date: May 3, 2015
COMPOSITION SPOTLIGHT ~ by Jack Senzig
(Each week we look at a piece of useful repertoire from the ChoralNet Community Composition Showcase. A variety of voicings and levels of difficulty will be presented. Enjoy!)
Hymns and Songs of the Church/There is a Green Hill Far Away by Antony Pitts SATB a cappella (click for PDF and AUDIO)
Level: High School or higher
Uses: Lent, Good Friday, General Concert Use, Choir Retreat
Program Themes: Suffering and Hope
This Piece Would Program Well With: Mass for Four Voices by William Byrd available from JWPepper and Sheet Music Plus.
There is A Green Hill Far Away should be in every high school choral library. It is a wonderful teaching resource for the late Renaissance style even though it is newly composed. Short and strophic, slow moving and heartfelt, use this piece early in the school year. It will help your students learn to sing in harmony with beautiful phrasing.
Hymns and Songs of the Church/There is a Green Hill Far Away is available from 1equalmusic.com
(Original publication: February 3, 2013)