How Firm a Foundation

for SATB Chorus and Piano, Four-Hands

How Firm a Foundation

for SATB Chorus and Piano, Four-Hands

Performance time 4:10 | 3,117 views | 691 downloads | 6 comments

I find this “original” Restoration hymn (included in the first LDS hymnal) happily motivating. It exudes hope and confidence while faithfully looking (and moving) forward. I can image those early saints humming this tune while focusing on their destination—across the plains or in the eternities. A recurring pedal point provides a “firm foundation” for this arrangement until the last verse, when the full sound and range of the piano is strongly encouraged.

How Firm a Foundation | Text: attr. to Robert Keen, ca. 1787 | Music: attr. to J. Ellis, ca 1889 | Arrangement © 2010, 2018 Steven Smith

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How Firm a Foundation | Text: attr. to Robert Keen, ca. 1787 | Music: attr. to J. Ellis, ca 1889 | Arrangement © 2010, 2018 Steven Smith

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    6 Comments

    1. Showcases Piano Alongside Choir

      This song is epic! It is such a great way to showcase the piano without overtaking the choir completely. Our choir is so excited to perform this.

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      • Thanks, Rachel. Please let me know how it turns out!

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    2. Dear Brother Smith,

      I am Mao from Taiwan. Now I study conducting in Graz Austria.

      Your arrangement are so beautiful and wonderful. Today is our stake conference in Vienna. Our ward choir have performed your two arrangements, Come Unto Jesus and How Firm a Foundation. People like it so much! I would to share with you our recording:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5OhJ0J48TIg&feature=youtu.be

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      • Thank you so much for sharing these videos—wonderful! You conducted beautifully and the choir sounded excellent. I wish you all the best in your studies and I hope the Lord continues to bless you in your efforts (musical and otherwise!).

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    3. Inspires the choir to rise to the occasion

      Our ward choir performance of this arrangement elicited more comments than any other. The accompaniment is bigger than what our little choir is used to, but it somehow inspired them to rise up and meet it, resulting in a rather stunning and Spirit-filled experience. A couple of our choir members (including myself, the director) were in tears during the last verse. Thank you for this beautiful arrangement.

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      • So glad your choir enjoyed it! Thanks for performing the music and for taking the time to comment.

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