Hymn of Praise

Chamber Orchestra and SATB Chorus

9 min.

Text by Henry Van Dyke

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Commissioned by the Amabile Choirs of London, Canada for their 30th anniversary season. Premiered March 1st 2015, London, Ontario. Orchestra London and Amabile Choirs, Ivars Taurins, Conductor


Flute, Oboe, Clarinet in Bb, Bassoon

Horn in F, Trumpet in Bb,

Timpani, SATB chorus, Strings

The premiere performance with Orchestra London and Amabile used the following instrumentation: (2222, 2200, 54331 +timp) with 200 singers.

Sea and Shore

Henry Van Dyke (1852-1933), published 1904; M.E., alt.

Music, I yield to thee; As swimmer to the sea

I give my Spirit to the flood of song: Bear me upon thy breast

In rapture and at rest,
Bathe me in pure delight and make me strong;

From strife and struggle bring release,
And draw the waves of passion into tides of peace.

Remember’d songs, most dear, In living songs I hear,

While blending voices gently swing and sway In melodies of love,

Whose mighty currents move, With singing near and singing far away;

Sweet in the glow of morning light,
And sweeter still across the starlit gulf of night.

Music, in thee we float,

And lose the lonely note
Of self in thy celestial-ordered strain,

Until at last we find The life to love resigned

In harmony of joy restored again; And songs that cheered our mortal days

Break on the coast of light in endless hymns of praise


About Composer

Matthew Emery (b.1991) is a Canadian composer whose music has been performed across North America and Asia. His music has also been broadcast on national television and radio. Matthew was the 2013 ACDA Raymond Brock Student Composition Competition winner. Emery's choral works have been performed by renowned vocal ensembles including the Vancouver Chamber Choir, Elmer Isler Singers, Pro Coro Canada, Canadian Chamber Choir, Da Capo Chamber Choir, choirs at the University of Louisville, University of Manitoba, University of Western Ontario, University of British Columbia, Ontario Youth Choir and the Nova Scotia Youth Choir. Matthew studied with Dr. Stephen Chatman at the University of British Columbia and is published by: Alliance Music Publications, GIA Publications, G. Schirmer, Pavane Publishing and Santa Barbara Music Publishing. Matthew is a member of the Canadian League of Composers.

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