Choral Music

WONDERFUL COUNSELOR

  • By Lynn Shaw Bailey & Becki Slagle Mayo
  • Abingdon Press • Unison Anthem Series
  • Unison/2-part • 0687490804

The tempo marking “joyful swing!” best describes the charming lilt of this anthem. Written as a partner song, the two independent melodies are paired to support each other musically and thematically. The voicing and range make this accessible to a range of two-part combinations. The piano accompaniment offers style and rhythm in support of the voice. A separate flute part is included in the score. It is simple and may be played by a solid high school player.

Performance options include use with older children through adults. For mixed ensembles, consider women on “Wonderful Counselor” and men on “Go, Tell It on the Mountain.” This may also be sung as a duet. The flute part may be played on another appropriate C instrument, such as violin, or it may be omitted.

Appropriate days: Service themes on the name of Christ, Christmas Eve, and Christmastide


 

 

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