Amazing Grace


Amazing Grace
Ancient Winds
Blue Preludes
Canonic Dances
Clown Man
Dreams of Edvard Munch
Etudes & Diversions
Flat Dances
Giant Frogs Eat NY
From Emily's Window
Journey Inward
Light Escaping
Reaching Outward
Symphonic Episodes
Temporal Shadows
Whitman Settings
Witches Brew
Wondrous Love

Amazing Grace (Variations on an Old American Hymn Tune) uses a mirror form.  Verse four serves as the center.  It distinguishes itself from the rest of the music because of the triple meter and the homophonic texture. The other verse settings use counterpoint within a duple or quadruple meter.  After the repetition of verses three and two, verse five is meant to surprise the listener.  The expectation here is a repetition of verse one.  The music does repeat but it is renewed by the imagery of the new text.   


verse i. verse ii. verse iii. verse iv. verse iii. verse ii. verse v.
0:00 0:31 0:52 1:14 1:29 1:50 2:10

Total duration 2:42

verse i   :Amazing grace - how sweet the sound - that saved a wretch like me! I once was lost but now am found, was blind but now I see.
verse ii:   Twas grace that taught my heart to fear, and grace my fears relieved; how precious did that grace appear the hour I first believed!
verse iii. :Thru many dangers, toils and snares i have already come; 'til grace hath brought me safe thus far, and grace will lead me home.
verse iv.: The Lord has promised good to me; His word my hope secures; He will my shield and portion be as long as life endures.
verse v.: When we've been there ten thousand years, bright shining as the sun, we've no less days to sing God's praise than when we'd first begun.

Recorded: Lawrence University, Conservatory of Music, Appleton, Wisconsin,  2003, Lawrence University Women's Choir (Cantala), Philip Swan Conductor