Restore Us, O God

SATB and solo

Based on texts for the First Sunday in Advent, year B of the Revised Common Lectionary:

  • Psalm 80:3
  • Isaiah 64:8
  • Mark 13:33

Solo for Soprano or Tenor.

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A Voice in the Night is Calling

for 3 – 4 Octaves, or 5 – 6 Octaves (best with 4 or more), optional 2 octaves of Chimes, optional solo voice (alto/baritone) or SATB choir. Level 3, only because of some triplet rhythms and chime/bell changes.  No accidentals or key changes.

Version for solo voice with 8 bells and guitar also available.

Sample below is with 4 octaves of bells, plus chimes and solo:

The text speaks of a contemporary experience that reflects the calling of Samuel in 1 Samuel 3:1-10. More about the text and the context of the song, as well as performance notes, can be read in the sample (only the 5-6 octave version posted so far; more samples to come).

This piece has received some international exposure, having been taken to Israel by director Deborah Rice on a tour with Canadian and American ringers.  This is one of two collaborations with Richard Reimer, Lutheran Campus Minister, University of Alberta (Majestic Images is the other).