March 28, 2016

An Hour of Hallowed Peace

9781506413808By Steve Danyew
For SATB, piano
Difficulty Medium-Easy
Season/occasion General/Ordinary Time, Holy Week, All Saints’ Day
Buy $1.80

Tender and hopeful, this piece works well for Holy Week services, All Saints, funerals and memorial services, and more. Danyew’s writing is strikingly beautiful and is easily accessible for church, school, and community ensembles.

From the composer
In the Summer of 2011, I stumbled upon an old book at a Historical Society sale in my town, titled, Songs for the Sanctuary. The book was published in 1869 and included many old hymn texts. One of the texts that struck me was William B. Tappan’s “There Is an Hour of Hallowed Peace.”

At the time, my wife, Ashley was Director of Music at the First Congregational Church of Westminster, MA. We decided that the text would make a perfect choral anthem for the Sanctuary Choir. I wrote the piece over the next few months and gave it to the choir to sing at their Maundy Thursday service in 2012.

The piece is comprised of a simple melody that repeats several times, supported by a flowing piano accompaniment. A threefold Amen brings the piece to a quiet close.