God's Grandeur - by Paul Halley
Catalogue Number -
SATB Choir with
Level of Difficulty - Difficult
Concert, Service Anthem
Pages Music -
16 pages music - 24 page booklet
Copyright Year - 2012
SATB perusal - pages 1-3 of 16
A moving and complex setting of the immortal poem by Gerard Manley Hopkins. Halley conveys the rigour and depth of the text with musical word painting that moves through descriptions of the harshness of the industrial age to the sublimity of heaven. The text reveals Hopkins' powerful witness to the spendour of creation and God's love, even in humanity's apparent, self-abosrbed disregard of eternal grace. Halley's musical setting is strong, at times angular and difficult, but ultimately redemptive.
This setting continues the theme of forward planetary movement that is evident in many of the other texts of compositions on the recording In The Wide Awe And Wisdom CD (2017)
"And though the last lights off the black West went
Oh, morning, at the brown brink eastward, springs -"
Commissioned on behalf of St. James United Church, Montréal to commemorate the resoratioin of Casavant, opus 1608, 2011-2012
Recorded for the
Pelagos double CD set
In The Wide Awe And Wisdom
Words: Gerard Manley Hopkins
Music: P. Halley
Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-99)
The world is
charged with the grandeur of God.
And for all
this, nature is never spent;