Lead Kindly Light


Violin Duet, Cello Duet, Vocal Duet, Choral SATB

Key Signature - Violins, Choral: A (3 sharps), Cellos: B flat (2 flats), Vocals: D (2 sharps)

Tempo - Quarter=@74

Difficulty - Strings and piano: Early advanced, vocals: Advanced (extra large ranges, best for experienced singers)

Topics: Comfort/Strength, Prayer

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Story:
"Lead Kindly Light" (Spring 2006)
There are two phenomenal violin players in my ward, and I'm always wanting to write nice stuff for them to critique. This arrangement is a try at really bringing out some passion in the playing, especially in the "free" sections that aren't part of the original hymn. The piano part is a constant flickering of a small candle, while the violins are the praying voices, pleading for refuge from the storm. Truth be told, I really really like how this turned out, and hope my friends love it too! Spring 2007 Update! I've just posted a nice cello duet version, too! Spring 2009: I finally found the motivation to turn what has become my favorite hymn arrangement I've written to-date into a stunning vocal duet! It's in the only key (D-major) that will keep the music as close to the original version as possible, and I admit it's a pretty difficult one to sing (the 1st part has to have a 2-octave range, with the 2nd only a few notes less), but gorgeous in its execution. How else can I say it but to sing like violins?! :) Expression is the key, and I'd be happy to walk anyone through it via email...Fall 2010:There's an SATB version available now, too, hopefully this will finally push one of my favorite arrangements to the place it deserves!