“Simplicity is the final achievement.”
— FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN
#1 The Morning Breaks
The premier hymn in this collection is a bold declaration of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ, which promises light to a world in spiritual darkness. Included in the download are two versions. First, an accompaniment for the final verse, and second, a modified version that harmonizes the unique tenor/bass and treble duet phrases.
#2 The Spirit of God
"Because it is so closely tied with important events in Church history, and because it is part of such joyful occasions as temple dedications in our own day, 'The Spirit of God' is one of the most significant and beloved hymns in the hymn tradition of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It truly affords an opportunity to sing and shout "with the armies of heaven." Karen Lynn Davidson
The pedal line in this hymnbellishment encourages a forward, marching movement, which aptly reflects the spirit of this hymn.
#3 Now Let Us Rejoice
"'Now Let Us Rejoice' came out of a grave situation in the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a situation in 1833 of defeat, frustration, homelessness, suffering, privation, and hunger. But even these hardships produced a hymn that still gives hope and sustenance to [millions] who live in better times." George D. Pyper
This hymnbellishment features harmonic changes that will be more effective if the accompanied verse is sung in unison. Use part of it for the introduction and/or all of it for the singing of the final verse. The long pedal points, walking pedal lines, and frequent harmonic changes are more effective with a broadened tempo.
#4 Truth Eternal
"This hymn honors the power of truth. Truth will liberate, enlighten, and save" Karen Lynn Davidson.
Due to the facts that this hymn is a little less known and so short, enjoy playing all of this setting as the introduction and again to accompany the final verse in unison.
#5 High on the Mountain Top
"And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord's house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills: and all nations shall flow unto it" Isaiah 2:2.
This hymnbellishment can be used effectively with unison singing or with the traditional four-part harmonies. As with most last-verse accompaniments with long pedal points, walking pedal lines, and frequent harmonic changes, it is more effective to broaden the tempo a bit. With the download a second version is included that can be used as the introduction or for a different verse.
#6 Redeemer of Israel
"The six verses of this hymn affirm many facets of the Savior's mission and personality. The vigorous words praise the Savior first as our invincible redeemer, then as our shepherd and protector, then as the millenial Messiah. The sixth verse is an ecstatic vision of his heavenly glory" Karen Lynn Davidson.
This setting can be used as an introduction to the hymn and as an accompaniment for the final verse. Too often music directors end before singing the prayerful fifth verse and the praising sixth verse, omitting references to the soul-cheering comfort and hope that the Savior imparts and the rejoicing of ten thousand angels, as myriads wait for His word!
#7 Israel, Israel, God Is Calling
"Few tunes have attained more popularity in the Christian world than ERIE by Charles C. Converse. Early Latter-day Saints were quick to make it one of their favorites. Most other denominations know ERIE as the setting for the words by Joseph Scriven, 'What a Friend We Have in Jesus'..... For us, the invitation to gather within 'Zion's walls' is a symbolic invitation to repentance, truth, and happiness. To this hymn's author, it was also a literal invitation to forsake the temptations and errors of the world and join the Saints of the latter days...." Karen Lynn Davidson. This setting creates the yearning invitation of our current text, being used effectively as an accompaniment for unison singing.
#9 Come, Rejoice
"Come, Rejoice" is a Christ-centered celebration of the restoration of the gospel. Jesus has spoken again in the latter days to gladden the hearts of his followers and gather them to him." Karen Lynn Davidson
The four-part version here is taken from the 1950 hymnal and expanded with harmonic and melodic movement at the phrase endings and a pedal point on the third line.
#8 Awake and Arise
"...In this hymn, the gospel has burst forth 'like a dawn,' and those who will awaken to [its] light can leave forever the hopelessness and torpor of their long slumber" Karen Lynn Davidson. The gospel message carries with it the promise of hope and salvation for all.
#13 An Angel from on High
"'An Angel from on High' belongs distinctively to the hymnology of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It is a song of the Restoration---a revelation of a divine truth...." George D. Pyper in Stories of Latter-day Saint Hymns
Written at the request of an organist friend, this hymnbellishment will elevate the singing of the final verse. Please consider singing all five verses!
#14 Sweet Is the Peace the Gospel Brings
"Latter-day Saints understand the truth of this hymn's message. Without hesitation we welcome a hymn that exalts reason, thoughtful seeking, and the role of human beings in the divine plan; we have total trust in the intellectual completeness as well as the spiritual completeness of the gospel.... CACHE first appeared in Hymns (1948); the text has been part of Latter-day Saint tradition since it was first printed in the Millennial Star in 1852" Karen Lynn Davidson.
This two-page setting provides assorted components to facilitate singing all seven verses: an introduction, the complete hymn, four varied verse endings with optional interludes, and an embellishment with coda for the final verse!
#19 We Thank Thee, O God, for a Prophet
"It cannot be called the greatest hymn ever written.... In fact, it does not compare in literary merit or poetic beauty with many of the other gems contained in our hymn books; but...it is exclusively a Latter-day Saint hymn; a Mormon heart-throb; a song of the Restoration" George D. Pyper.
This is a reharmonization for unison singing on the last verse. The organist may play the last two lines as an "interlude" as a way of slowing down the tempo in preparation for a broader, more deliberate tempo for the last verse.