Title: Prayer for Light NOW AVAILABLE THROUGH GIA PUBLICATIONS!!! Performance requirements: SATB chorus Composer: Ben J. Legett Text: Ephrem of Edessa, fl. 4th c. Length: 1’45” Difficulty (1-5): 2 Ranges: sop c1-f2, alto c1-b flat2, tenor f-d1, bass F-g Usage: General sacred, light, enlightenment, eternal life
Rehearsal Guide: This short prayer for light and enlightenment features a homophonic texture, stepwise voice leading, and conservative treatment of non-harmonic tones. Sopranos carry the melody throughout, but altos enjoy an important moving line through the second half.
Give the sopranos a head start on the ascending interval in measure 3 and the arpeggiated melody in measures 13-18. Work measures 19 and 20 until the tenors and basses are comfortable finding their entrance notes. Now challenge your singers to sight read the piece.