This Is the Hour of Banquet and of Song
Text Horatio Bonar (1808-1889), alt.
Voicing SATB and organ
Length 1' 45" Price $1.75 (U.S.) Released
Catalog no. 410-444 Difficulty Easy
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"Among the several criteria one
employs to assess new (and old) hymns is how well a hymn text
and tune are wedded together. Horatio Bonar's communion text
has had many tuneful suitors, but in Fedak's anthem thte text
has found its melodic 'soul mate.' Though a hymn anthem, each
stanza has subtle variations in both the choral and organ parts
that make it more anthem than hymn. Highly recommended."
--Cross Accent, Fall 2001
"Here is an easy communion anthem that
is strophic, tonal, and appropriate for the small church choir.
Horatio Bonar's nineteenth-century text is classic and hopeful,
describing the bread and wine in personal terms, the presence
of God in ecumenical words, and the future with excitement.
Like the poetry, the music is straightforward,
a key-of-C selection that can be learned in fifteen minutes before
the service, but it is not trivial. The pleasant tune covers
slightly more than an octave and gains its interest through word
painting ('prolong' sustained; 'rise' topping an arpeggio; 'brief'
shortened by a rest) and a touch of hemiola in its joyful waltzing.
This music is perfect for the Lord's supper,
or for a service when key singers are missing, but the choir
still needs good mastered." --Choral Journal, April
A straightforward but joyous setting
of the well-known communion text by Horatio Bonar. Unlike most
communion anthems, this spirited piece conveys the sense of the
poem that Holy Communion is meant to be a time of festivity,
as well as a glimpse of eternity. Easy and yes, fun to sing.
This is the hour of banquet and of
this is the heav'nly table spread for me;
here let me feast, and feasting, still prolong
the brief, bright hour of fellowship with thee.
Too soon we rise, we go our sev'ral ways;
the feast, though not the love, is past and gone,
the Bread and Wine consumed, yet all our days,
thou still art here with us, our shield and sun.
Feast after feast thus comes and passes by,
and passing, points to the glad feast above,
giving us foretaste of the festal joy,
the Lamb's great marriage feast of bliss and love.
--Horatio Bonar, 1855
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