Three years ago I was asked to put together a medley of hymns for the pastor of our church who was retiring. I scored the medley featuring a small orchestra and large choir. As is always the case when I do one of these pieces, I don't always know who I'm going to have in the orchestra until the last minute (literally!), so I have to be as flexible with the parts as possible. The piece went over extremely well, better than I could have hoped for. However, I never really got to hear it with all the instruments which I had originally written for the medley until Aria. Now I've finally been able to hear this piece the way I had wanted to hear it.
Just a few things about this piece. It is long (15 minutes) and the file is big (21 MB). I've listed the names of the hymns used below. I want to point out the music of All Creatures was the pastors' favorite hymn, so besides using it at the beginning, I also used little snippets of the hymn throughout the medley. You will also hear toward the end parts of We Are Called mixed in with the Reprise. Lastly, there are no vocals (at least not until the Garritan Vocal Library débuts), but the melodies do come out in the other instruments and in the piano.
I hope you all enjoy this piece. I love doing arrangements and I especially loved doing this medley.
All Creatures of Our God and King
When Morning Gilds the Skies
All Praise to Thee
Rejoice the Lord is King
We Are Called
All Creatures Reprise
Libraries used: GPO4, Steinway Basic
Audio recording through Finale 2009