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