The Prayer of Cyrus Brown BUY ONE PRINT MANY

Year of composition
1983
Lyricist
Sam Walter Foss
Difficulty
Easy (Grades 1-3)
Duration
2 minutes
Genre
Other
Instrumentation
Choir
Instrumental parts
Not available

Based on a humorous poem by Sam Walter Foss (Verse By the Side of the Road) SATB and Piano. Each voice takes a verse with four people arguing about the best way to pray. (all in minor keys, moving up cromatically and dynamically as the argument increases). The final verse is a down to earth person, Cyrus Brown, talking about his best prayer, after he had fallen down a well! This verse is major, four part, barbershop harmony. This piece is easy and very quick to learn. Could be used in church on a Sunday when prayer is the topic, or, because of its humorous and historical value (Sam Foss was a well known, well loved writer) in a school concert as an encore.

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