Saturday, February 9, 2013

Hark, All Ye Nations!


See the sheet music here!


love collaborating with AWESOME PEOPLE!!   Debbie Fox (the genius behind "The Power to Choose" and "The Friendly Beasts") asked if I might consider arranging "Hark, All Ye Nations!" for the Primary Program this fall.  Need she ask?!?!

Let's start this off by saying that I am NOT, by ANY MEANS a morning person.  Don't talk to me within one hour of waking up.  

OK, that's out in the open.  So when I tell you that the day after Debbie pitched me this latest project, I woke up in my bed BRIGHT EYED AND BUSHY-TAILED...you'll know that's seriously unusual, right?  Well, I did.  My thoughts immediately went to this new project.

I need to wake up in my bed like that more often, cause I'll tell you what: I arranged the entire introduction IN. MY. BED. that morning.  That may seem like no big deal to all my fabulously talented musical friends, but it's somewhat of a miracle to me.  

Next step?  Call every member on my Board of Directors to be sure that this crazy idea that popped into my head (combining "Hark" with "I Hope They Call Me on a Mission") wasn't totally tacky.  Not tacky.  Moving on. 

This arrangement has been not only the funnest (now a word...go look it up) arrangement to work on, but I'd put it at the top of the "Totally Inspirational Experiences" list.  Once again, this arrangement happened quickly.  Because it was right.  I've said so many times in so many of these stories that when something is right, it just works.  

Seriously Special Thanks goes to Newel Kay Brown who originally wrote "I Hope They Call Me On a Mission."  I contacted Brother Brown to obtain permission to include this arrangement on this site and make it available for download.  Typically, a royalty fee would be assessed per download of the song.  Brother Brown not only gave me permission, but told me he didn't require any royalties, and wanted my arrangement to be "freely performed as often as possible."  If you've made it this far into my novel of a story, please leave a comment in the comments section telling Brother Brown how his song has impacted your life.  Because seriously, you guys...who didn't sing that song in Primary at least a half-a-dozen times a year when you were knee-high-to-a-grasshopper??

I learned that "Hark, All Ye Nations" is a beloved hymn of the German Saints.  The text was written by Louis F. Moench (1847-1916), a German who immigrated to Chicago with his family as a young man.  He graduated from college in Chicago and headed out west to be a teacher in California.  He stopped off in Salt Lake City and...well...the Mormons killed 'im with kindness, and he couldn't help but join the Church, right??  He eventually returned to Germany on a mission and wrote the hymn, "Hark, All Ye Nations!"

Of course, Moench wrote the hymn in GERMAN.  It is my understanding that this is President Uchtdorf's favorite hymn...and being that I am TOTALLY TEAM UCHTDORF...well, I decided to make a German version of my arrangement as well.  It's not done yet.  Special thanks goes to my big brother, Jonathan Cutting, who is living in Hannover, Germany with his wife and 4 adorable children as we speak.  He is working with the choir director in his ward to hammer out some of the text for the end of the song.  I don't speak any German aside from "nein" and " Edelweiss".  

Interesting piece of information...Brother Brown ("I Hope They Call Me on a Mission") served his mission in Germany!  I find that slightly ironic.

The Primary Children in our ward will be learning this arrangement a little later in the year.  I can't tell you how excited I am to hear those amazing kids sing this for the first time.  It's going to be SO COOl!

Lastly, I'm pretty sure I'm submitting this one for the 2013 LDS Song Contest under the Hymn Arrangements category.  Deadline to submit is March 31, 2013, so we'll see...I'll keep you posted!

17 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for this arrangement. I have been primary chorister for only 4 months. I feel I was inspired to chose "Hark, All Ye Nations" for our primary to sing for this years program. To my surprise, our Primary President approved it, and put it on the Program Music CD that we give out to our Primary Children. I listen to the CD in the car, and my own 2 & 4 year old kids ask me to replay "Hark, All Ye Nations" over & over!

    Anyway, this evening I set out to find an arrangement for the program. I saw their is a Hymnplicity arrangement....but I kept looking, and found your site! Thank you so much. I'm sure it will be perfect for our program.

    I am a little curious why you didn't include the 2nd verse. Was it just to keep the length down? or did you have another reason?

    Thanks again,

    Michelle L.

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    1. Primary Chorister is the BEST calling in the whole church...I'm totally convinced. As for the 2nd verse, I didn't include it because that's what our Primary Chorister was thinking. And I think I agree as far as Primary kids go...however, it's funny that you should mention this because, as I prepare to submit this to the 2013 LDS Song Contest, the issue of the 2nd verse has been bugging me. I haven't submitted yet, but I am tempted to throw that 2nd verse in there. It wouldn't be too hard to do...I'd just repeat the 1st verse accompaniment with a 1st and 2nd ending. Let me think about that and get back to you. I can send you a revised version if you'd like.

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    2. I chose "Hark, All Ye Nations" after reading through the 2013 Outline for Sharing time. The April theme is, "Jesus Christ Restored His Church in the Latter Days." But, specifically, the Week 1 theme of April is, "After Jesus Christ and His Apostles died, gospel truths were lost." This is one of the major aspects our religion is different from other religions. To me, the song seems bare to "shout Truth is restored again" without mentioning that it had been gone in the first place.

      Okay. There's my plug for you to include the 2nd verse. Did it work? If you do, I'd love a copy. =) You can always include it, and individual choristers can leave it out (gasp!) if they choose.

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    3. So funny you should say that...I was just talking with one of my friends. I had given her the task of looking at the hymn today during Sacrament Meeting and giving me her thoughts. She basically said the same thing as you. It was the "Searching in darkness" that grabbed us both....that, and "the long night is o'er." You're so totally right. So, as we "speak", I am adding in that 2nd verse and I will put the revised edition up on the site sometime tonight. Check back tomorrow. And thank you for being the catalyst to get this change going. I'm not sure I would have been motivated enough to do it without you. Maybe you should also be on my "Board of Directors"! :-)

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    4. The updated version is now available. Thanks, Michelle! :-)

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  2. Thanks so much for this music! It will be perfect for the YM/YW musical number I am organizing. I have loved this song since my seminary teacher taught in to us in German many years ago. I have several youth taking German that I would like to ask to sing a verse or chorus in German. I have searched the web and have not been able to find the German text. Would you have it available? Do you have a suggestion how I might incorporate it into the song? I am not an experienced musician by any stretch. Thanks you:)

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    1. "Hark, All Ye Nations!" really is an amazing hymn...I'm surprised we don't sing it more often! I do have the German version available, all except for that very last phrase. But if you're only going to be working it in here and there, you probably wouldn't END it on the German...so tell you what...if you email me at egiuliacci@gmail.com, I'll send you the German pdf. Or, you can wait until next Monday, when I'm pretty sure I'll have the German nailed down. Let me know how it goes!

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    2. Here is my email: jeneric94@yahoo.com. If you get it to me sooner, great, if not it's ok. I know life is busy!

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  3. Do you happen to have a recorded sample of this music?

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    1. I don't...the computer software program that I use (Sibelius Student 6) can do computer-generated versions, which I usually use for my site. HOWEVER, when I tried to do one for "Hark", it sounds all wrong. I actually had to chuckle because it made me think of Brother Robison, my choir professor at Ricks College. He was a STICKLER about the sets of dotted-eighth note/sixteenth note pairs...he needed military precision, and I learned that, church-wide, we do them all pretty much wrong. He demonstrated to us how "We Thank Thee oh God for a Prophet" should REALLY sound. Anyway...my point is...the computer-generated recording is Brother Robison-style...not the way we NORMALLY play the left-hand accompaniment for "I Hope They Call Me on a Mission", which constitutes the lion's share of the LH rhythm. Does that make sense? So until I find a way to do a LIVE recording that doesn't sound like I just did it with an iPhone, you'll have to find a really good pianist to play it out for you. I wish I could be of more help!

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  4. Hi Elizabeth. I've just come across your arrangement, which I'd love to use for our stake conference in Feb, but would need to add the SATB parts back in as it's for a full choir. I'm thinking to ask some of the youth to do the sections of "I Hope They Call Me on a Mission". Would this be a problem? Just for your interest, I'm in the Perth, Australia, Southern River Stake :)

    Thanks.
    Lauricia

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    1. I think you might have a problem with the SATB harmonies conflicting with the harmonies in the accompaniment. It might sound kind of nasty. I haven't experimented with it myself, but my knee jerk reaction is that it wouldn't work. I have, however, heard the Mormon Tabernacle Choir do a lot of stuff in unison...so I think you'd be fine leaving it as it is. It might be fun to add some SATB to it for choir use at some point...I'm not promising anything, but you've given me a great idea!

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    2. I haven't been able to hear the accompaniment yet, but if I am able to add in any parts, would you mind? I'll send you a copy of anything I come up with. I might not have any luck anyway, to be honest. I am fairly amateur :) Thanks.

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    3. GO FOR IT! I hope anyone who uses my music will feel free to do what they want to it. And for the record, I'm an amateur too! ;)

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    4. Thanks! I'll let you know how I get on :)

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    5. I emailed the finished copy to your gmail address earlier today. Cheers :)

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