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Evening Prayer

By Ron Anderson

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Piano Accompaniment, Choir, SATB - Digital Download
Composed by Ron Anderson. 21st Century, Christian, Sacred, General Worship. Score. 5 pages. Published by Ron Anderson (S0.842863).

Item Number: S0.842863

Evening Prayer is somewhat in the style of a chorale prelude, with its flowing accompaniment and simple melody. The form divides neatly into two distinct sections—the first in F major, and the second in Bb major. The F major section represents our earthly life. Even though God’s peace is present throughout (the flowing accompaniment), the words speak of the strife and hardship of our time on Earth. While we are here on Earth, we tend to believe that this life is all there is (that F major will continue to the end). But at the point in the music where the text says “and our work is done,” ending on a D major chord, we find ourselves in a strange place between life and the afterlife; the moment of death itself. After this comes an a cappella section in Bb major, which represents our life in Heaven. The F major “life” merely served as a “dominant preparation” for the Bb major “afterlife!” (Actually, I think we should call eternity “life”, and our earthly life “pre-life”). The piece ends with the same flowing passages found in the beginning of the piece, this time in Bb major.

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