Praying
Image by Jacalyn Beales
Image by Jacalyn Beales

He Will Hold Me Fast

Image by Marius Masalar
He Will Hold Me Fast - Complete Set

He Will Hold Me Fast - Complete Set

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He Will Hold Me Fast - Piano

He Will Hold Me Fast - Piano

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He Will Hold Me Fast - treble clef C instrument

He Will Hold Me Fast - treble clef C instrument

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He Will Hold Me Fast - treble clef B-flat instrument

He Will Hold Me Fast - treble clef B-flat instrument

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He Will Hold Me Fast - french horn

He Will Hold Me Fast - french horn

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He Will Hold Me Fast - bass clef instrument

He Will Hold Me Fast - bass clef instrument

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He Will Hold Me Fast - guitar

He Will Hold Me Fast - guitar

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This new hymn has become one of the most beloved hymns in our current modern hymnody. Matt Merker captured the very essence of this text's beauty and clarity in his melody and added lyrics.  In this setting, the piano will play the accompaniment for the first stanza, and as the instruments join in on the second and third, the long, shaped, lines in the instrumental overlay highlight the harmonic nuance and propel the lines forward. The meter changes are notated and easily accessible, and the repeats are clearly laid out. The chorus can be repeated here, if desired, as shown in this video, or the ending can come sooner as the music designates.