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This anthem has justly become one of Craig Phillips’s most beloved choral works, and it possesses a truly exquisite, soaring lyricism. Helen Schuman’s poem celebrates Christ’s resurrection not with trumpets and drums but rather an invocation to “Be still, my soul, and rest upon the Lord in quiet certainty.” The anthem’s ecstatic but inward tone is thus is particularly suitable for the Sunday after Easter or later weeks of the Easter season.
"Craig Phillips' The Risen Sun, words by Helen Schucman, . . . might seem a daring choice for the text of a piece of church music. But the text of The Risen Sun, like its music, is splendid. It makes me wish that just once we could all have just a bit more time between Easter and the following Sunday, for the piece is a perfect companion to John's account of Thomas' encounter with the risen Jesus -- but it wants a bit more choral rehearsal time than most of us usually have at our disposal in the week of 'low Sunday.' The words begin,
Be still, my soul, and rest upon the Lord
in quiet certaintly.
For He has come to rescue you from doubt.
The musical setting is characteristic of its composer, surely one of our most gifted composing colleaugues -- interesting and well-chosen sonorities, vocal and organ parts conceived idiomatically and intelligently, with variety and interest in choral texture, harmony, and tonality, yet an indisputable feeling of unity of gesture throughout." --AAM Journal, March 2007