Love Divine, All Loves Excelling

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Multiple forces join in this lively worship “waltz” on Hyfrydol with surprise quotes of another familiar hymn tune.  SATB, unis. children’s choir, handbells, piano, organ, flute, oboe, clarinet, opt. chamber orch.

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Kallman Creates Publications, Composer Daniel Kallman Kallman Creates Publications

SATB chorus, unison children’s choir, handbells (4 octaves), piano, organ, flute, oboe, clarinet, opt. chamber orchestra. Duration: 6’40”. Level: Intermediate.

A ceaseless momentum carries us to the grand final statement of the tune, subsiding to a whimsical ending in the children’s voices.

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(Bethel Adult Choir, Bethel Lutheran Church, Northfield, MN; Daniel Kallman, conductor)

 

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Composer’s Notes

This was a 2017 commission from my congregation in Northfield, Minnesota, to honor our retiring music director, Rhonda Reece. Upon receiving the commission, I asked Rhonda some of her favorite hymns. The first two she mentioned were “Love Divine,” and “Let All Things Now Living” (ASH GROVE). I told her I was setting the first hymn, but surprised her and the congregation with short interrupting quotes of the latter in the children’s voices on a playful “la la la.” My inspiration for doing so was the well-known fact that in her twenty-two years of ministry Rhonda could often be heard humming snippets of hymns as she walked the halls of Bethel Lutheran Church. A companion piece for solo keyboard, “Prelude on Hyfrydol,” contains some of the music from the choral setting but also goes off into new territory.

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