Year of composition
Christina Rossetti
Moderate (Grades 4-6)
3 minutes
Modern classical music
Instrumental parts
Not available

Choir singers, along with even casual poetry readers will be familiar with words of 19th century poet, Christina Rossetti. Along with hymns based on her texts, The United Methodist Hymnal includes this reading titled simply, For Illumination (477). Coming late to the Methodist Church I am always pleasantly surprised at what I find in their hymnal . . . among others, Duke Ellington, Charles Ives, and William Albright.

I recently had the pleasure of traveling to a nearby state to listen to a men’s quartet in a sister Methodist Church. During the Sunday service they performed an arrangement I’d prepared for them on a hymn from the afore mentioned source. In gratitude I have prepared this new work for treble voices to provide a compliment for the ladies who sat by quietly.

Performance wise, the piece should have an easy rubato feel as it moves along. The opening can be anything from a soloist to the entire choir singing softly so as not to overpower the mood.

I must publicly thank the director of the choir referenced above for her comments as I was bringing this work to a close. I believe it is stronger for her editorial comments. Thank you, Susan!

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