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Composition Spotlight: Hymns and Songs of the Church/There is a Green Hill Far Away

(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!)
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.  
(Original publication: February 3, 2013)
on February 3, 2013 12:43pm
Hi Jack - thank you.  It's "Antony" without an "h" by the way.  I've added your spotlight to our page at:
It may be of interest that There is a green hill features (hummed, with flute obbligato!) in my oratorio-musical Jerusalem-Yerushalayim which has a new website:
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