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Come, Behold the Wondrous Mystery

Image by Marius Masalar
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Come, Behold the Wondrous Mystery - Complete Set

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Come, Behold the Wondrous Mystery - Piano

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Come, Behold the Wondrous Mystery - treble clef C instrument

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Come, Behold the Wondrous Mystery - treble clef B-flat instrument

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Come, Behold the Wondrous Mystery - french horn

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Come, Behold the Wondrous Mystery - bass clef instrument

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The popularity of this new hymn is very clear as the melody and text are accessible, yet elegant in nature. This accompaniment grabs the activity from the occasional 16th-notes in the piano, and the long, shaped, lines in the instrumental overlay. The lay-out is easily grasped, as a 3-stanza, 3-chorus landscape, and ends with a quick repeat of the chorus. The repeat is written out with a few melodic and harmonic shifts to give variety and particular beauty. The trick here is for the pianist not to begin the tempo too fast, which could be a detriment to the entrance of the instruments and the voices, and thus the hymn’s deep, rich text.