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SATB choir, organ. Duration: 3’30”
After a majestic introduction, the women’s and men’s voices are featured separately. Four-part writing follows, including an (optionally) unaccompanied section. A contrasting developmental verse, “Oh Spirit breathe a gentler way…” gives way to the concluding verse for unison with descanting sopranos.
“Proclaim the Love That Breaks Down Walls” was a winning commission of the Northern Texas-Northern Louisiana ELCA Prize celebrating the visionary-missional leadership of Bishop Kevin S. Kanous, 2000-2016, as part of the 2017 LutheranArts Martin Luther Hymn Prize honoring the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Text by Christine Kallman.