His Voice As the Sound of the Dulcimer Sweet
Composer Alfred V. Fedak Text Early American
Voicing SATB and Hammered Dulcimer
Length 3' 30" Price $1.40 (U.S.) Released 7/99
Catalog no. 420-427 Difficulty Moderately easy
Other editions 420-428-Dulcimer part Price $5 (U.S.)
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"Al Fedak's lovely setting of Samanthra really does need a hammered dulcimer, which is not always readily available. A synthesizer is a possibility, where one is available. With the parts in comfortable mid-range, the choral writing is nicely considered to balance with a real dulcimer, and the arrangement is no less than we would expect from this great colleague." --AAM Journal, May/June 2001
A lovely setting of the haunting early American folk-hymn Samanthra, arranged for SATB voices and hammered dulcimer. A separate dulcimer part is available, which utilizes conventional dulcimer notation. The accompaniment may also be successfully performed on a keyboard, particularly on a synthesizer with dulcimer-like sounds.
His voice as the sound of the dulcimer sweet
is heard thru the shadows of death.
The cedars of Lebanon bow at his freet,
the air is perfumed with his breath.
His lips as a fountain of righteousness flow
that waters the garden of grace,
from which their salvation the Gentiles shall know
and bask in the smile of his face.
Love sits in his eyelids and scatters delight
through all the bright regions on high.
Their faces the cherubim veil in his sight,
and tremble with fullness of joy He looks,
and ten thousands of angels rejoice,
and myriads wait for his word,
he speaks, and eternity, filled with his voice,
reechoes the praise of her Lord.