Last Sunday, I had the privilege of accompanying a great concert at Sacred Heart. I was inspired by how well the Sacred Heart Singers sang Joel Raney’s Love Came Down at Christmas. This is not an easy work for a volunteer choir, and they sang it very well.
We also led the music for that church’s Christmas Eve Midnight Mass (11:30 PM-1:00 AM, from Christmas Eve into the night!). While playing several Christmas postludes, I suddenly remembered Kurt Kaiser’s simple yet glorious work, “Oh, How He Loves You and Me,” and weaved it into the improvised medley. I’ve been meaning to get around to writing “octavos” (as relevant as that term would be) for at least two other pieces, but the power of this work gripped me since then.
I ended up putting together this arrangement from start to finish in under 24 hours from the point of this post, in a bout of inspiration over last night:
As I had no audio playback (my software remains busted) nor piano assistance, I notated everything in complete silence (all staring at the monitor and plugging away—I think I’ll go blind by age 40), so a chord or three may be wrong, despite having reviewed the whole score several times. I’ll probably be uploading newer versions over the weeks as I find more issues, but regardless, it would be so great to hear a recording of this performed live! Two things likely stand in the way, though:
Kurt Kaiser’s approval, and the need for an epic pianist accompanied by an epic choir led by an epic conductor. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ I don’t try to make it hard, but I just can’t ignore my conviction on how it should sound (which happens to very often lead to difficult music, haha)!