Amazing Grace

for mixed choir

Ešenvalds’ arrangement of Amazing grace was made for Kamēr… in 2004. It is a kind of chorale-variation set—the famous tune is never exactly the same each time it is heard. After its initial statement by a solo soprano the melody becomes gradually more embedded in a rich eight-part texture; instead of the usual ascending semitonal key-shifts, descending modulations serve to ratchet up the intensity and lead to an ecstatic peroration in the home key.

— from notes by Gabriel Jackson © 2015

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Year
2017
Commissioner
Youth choir Kamēr...
Instrumentation
S solo, SSAATTBB
Lyrics
John Newton (1725–1807)
Language
English
Composition
Traditional American tune, arranged by Ēriks Ešenvalds
Duration
5 min
Score
ISMN
979-0-706658-44-5 (MB0337)
Recordings
The Choir of Trinity College CambridgeNorthern Lights & other choral works