Amazing Grace Anthem

Amazing Grace Anthem

by Mark A. Miller
     
 

The opening quotation of John Newton’s “Amazing Grace” will immediately attract both singer and congregant to this anthem. A free interpretation with colorful accompanying chords offer a sweet warmth to this familiar piece. Measure 23, however, jump-starts this piece into the twenty-first century with syncopation, marked rhythms, and jazzlike

Overview

The opening quotation of John Newton’s “Amazing Grace” will immediately attract both singer and congregant to this anthem. A free interpretation with colorful accompanying chords offer a sweet warmth to this familiar piece. Measure 23, however, jump-starts this piece into the twenty-first century with syncopation, marked rhythms, and jazzlike accompaniment voicing. Don’t be fooled by the unison melody. This packs praise team drive in a true contemporary fashion.

The accompaniment helps define the style throughout the setting. The range is moderately low with lots of repeating material. Youth, praise teams, and adventurous choirs will enjoy learning this.

Performance options include using stanza 1 as a traditional setting of “Amazing Grace.” This may be used as a response to the assurance of pardon, a call/response to prayer, call to confession, or another worship response. You may choose to add praise band instrumentation starting in measure 23, such as bass, guitar, and drums.

Appropriate days: Service themes on grace, forgiveness, salvation; and general worship.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780687493876
Publisher:
Abingdon Press
Publication date:
09/01/2006
Series:
Mark Miller Series
Pages:
8
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 12.00(h) x 3.80(d)

Meet the Author

Mark A. Miller is a lecturer in the Practice of Sacred Music at Yale University. Since 1994 he has served on the faculty at Drew Theological School. He is director of Contemporary Worship at Marble Collegiate Church in New York City. He is known in churches throughout the country as a worship leader, teacher, composer, and performer of sacred music. He received his B.A. degree in music from Yale University, and his M.Mus degree in organ performance from Juilliard.

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