Sing Me to Heaven

Daniel E. Gawthrop / arr. Paul Carey
 
SSAA a cappella arrangement of Gawthrop’s original SATB piece
Text in English by Jane Griner
Dunstan House catalog #DH 0319


 
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P
erformed by the Manitou Singers, Sigrid Johnson, director
Recorded live at St. Olaf College, April 18, 2004

It was an honor to be asked by Dan Gawthrop to arrange an SSAA version of his best-selling anthem. This piece has captured the heart of many singers and listeners over the last few years, and the text is remarkable in that it elicits many different interpretations from those who examine it. I hope that I have done the piece justice in the SSAA setting - Dan and I agonized over voice-leading in a few measures, and it was worth the extra time we took to really examine some of those issues. I was fortunate to have members of Vox Caelestis and some other singing friends contribute their time to a read-through of various versions, pitch levels, etc as the arrangement took shape. It’s great to have a live “lab” choir to experiment with!

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TEXT by Jane Griner

In my heart's sequestered chambers lie truths stripped of poets' gloss
Words alone are vain and vacant, and my heart is mute
In response to aching silence, memory summons half-heard voices
And my soul finds primal eloquence, and wraps me in song

If you would comfort me, sing me a lullaby
If you would win my heart, sing me a love song
If you would mourn me and bring me to God,
sing me a requiem, sing me to Heaven

Touch in me all love and passion, pain and pleasure
Touch in me grief and comfort, love and passion, pain and pleasure
Sing me a lullaby, a love song, a requiem
Love me, comfort me, bring me to God

Sing me a love song, sing me to Heaven

 

 

 

 

 

  

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