Beautiful Savior is one of the most beloved hymns in many languages. Here Jeremy Glaser has treated this hymn with much respect, but in a truly unique setting that causes the old gem to sparkle like new.
The piano introduction could be called Chopin-like, but the chord progression and harmonies are more modern. The introduction is in C minor which finds its way to E-flat major by the time the choir comes in and sings the first stanza in unison.
The piano interlude transports us to the key of B-flat major, where the men sing the melody accompanied by a complimentary part by the women in an a cappella stanza.
An immediate segue to C-minor for the next stanza, accompanied by the piano, changes the mood considerably. The lyric is listing the celestial creation, and the minor setting adds to a sense of mystery and wonder.
The piano then does a one-bar transition to E-flat major for the final stanza, which ends with a triumphant repeat of the final phrase.
Beautiful Savior, King of creation,
Son of God and Son of Man!
Truly I'd love Thee, Truly I'd serve Thee,
Light of my soul, my joy, my crown.
Fair are the meadows, Fair are the woodlands,
Robed in flowers of blooming spring;
Jesus is fairer, Jesus is purer,
He makes our sorrowing spirit sing.
Fair is the sunshine, Fair is the moonlight,
Bright the sparkling stars on high;
Jesus shines brighter, Jesus shines purer
Than all the angels in the sky.
Beautiful Savior, Lord of the nations,
Son of God and Son of Man!
Glory and honor, Praise, adoration
Now and forevermore be Thine!
BEAUTIFUL SAVIOR, choral anthem arranged by Jeremy Glaser for SATB with piano, comes in a pdf file of 1978K, with a twelve-page score and a license page, thirteen pages in all. Performance time should be about five minutes.
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