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Image by Jacalyn Beales
Image by Jacalyn Beales
Image by Jacalyn Beales

Leaning on the Everlasting Arms

Image by Marius Masalar
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Leaning on the Everlasting Arms / Piano



This particular arrangement was taken from an unplanned, yet memorable, moment in our worship service, when the director and pianist had not outlined music for the instrumentalists. That particular day as the congregation sang, it seemed that the whole church was on the same page theologically and artistically; by the time we reached the final refrain, accompanists were not needed, so the pianist built the dynamics into the refrain and then dropped out as the singers lifted their voices.

For this piece to be effective, the pianist must be supportive throughout the opening, the stanza and the refrain, and director should give necessary “cues” musically. But much rubato and beautifully shaped lines should be emphasized, and let instinct and impulse flow through to the end; this is what will make this piece simple and beautiful.

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