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For the Beauty of the Earth

Organ and SATB Choir + Solo
Chad Staten

Here is another one of the arrangements I wrote for easy ward choir. Unfortunately, when I first learned of this site it was already too late to post this for American choirs to use in time for Thanksgiving in November, but this song certainly doesn’t have to appear on your program only at Thanksgiving time.

This setting also features voice parts that are right out of the hymnal, though there are areas where the men sing the soprano and alto parts. The (organ) trumpet fanfare throughout makes for a festive mood in this joyful piece. Despite the key change, a resourceful choir director could teach the choir this piece using only the hymnal, if required. Two people seated at the organ are necessary to pull this one off. Like God Loved Us, So He Sent His Son the 3-4 hand organ accompaniment very effectively hides the fact that the voice parts are unchnaged from the hymnal. I hope you will enjoy it! If you use one of my pieces, I’d love to hear what the occasion was, and how it went!

Please note: in the recording, the voice parts are not heard. Only the organ accompaniment is heard.