Composer David Ashley White
Text George Herbert
Voicing SATB and organ
Topics Communion, Presence of God
Length 1' 30" Price $1.80 (U.S.) Released 3/93
Catalog no. 418-606 Difficulty Moderately easy
Discography Echoes of the American Cathedral: Music of David Ashley White, Robert Brewer, director and organist, Frances Anderson, co-director (Zephyr Productions Z-115-99)
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"George Herbert's The Call is one of those texts that instantly conjures up one musical setting in the minds of most directors and choirs, that of Vaughan Williams. Without denigrating his setting, there are of course other possibilities. White's [setting] is a waltz and is almost too short (would that Herbert had written another stanza or two!) but is a fine piece; unlike the RVW setting, its mood is triumphant. Recommended."-AAM Journal, September 1994
"The Call is a short, easy, but very beautiful setting whose sub-title is 'Come, My Way, My Truth, My Life.' The music shows sensitivity to the text." -Modern Liturgy, May 1994.
"David Ashley White's strophic setting of The Call offers a welcome addition to the repertoire for the Fifth Sunday of Easter, where this text is almost mandated by the Proper. Like Godfrey Sampson's setting of the same words, the organ is an equal partner to the choir." -AAM Journal, Dec. 1994
Description A simple and moving new setting of this famous text by George Herbert. White's music always shows his great sensitivity to the words being sung, and this piece is no exception.
Come, my Way, my Truth, my Life:
such as way as gives us breath,
such a truth as ends all strife,
such a life as killeth death.
Come my Light, my Feast, my Strength:
such as light as shows a feast,
such a feast as mends in length,
such a strength as makes his guest.
Come, my Joy my Love, my Heart:
such as joy as none can move,
such a love as none can part,
such a heart as joys in love.
Text: George Herbert, 1633