OmegaConsort Posted April 23, 2007 Share Posted April 23, 2007 On Saturday I conducted two choirs who came together for a tenor getting married - it was a splendid affair; Wood in F Mag, My Beloved Spake, Blessed be the God and Father, Set me as a Seal, and I sat down under His shadow, plus some great hymns, including O thou who camest from above. The organist played it in Eb major - his justification was "consider the congregation" which is reasonable as there is a top F in it, if played in the original key. But to me, in the service, the hymn seemed so dull and colourless. What would you have done (assuming there was a choir of 40+ singers and a congregation of 100 or so)? Other hymns that spring to mind set originally in high keys are Lord enthroned (St Helen), All Glory Laud and honour (St Theodulph), Breath on me (Carlisle) and Praise the Lord ye heavens adore him (Austria). For me, I'd go for the original higher key! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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