Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Be Thou My Vision Duet Piece

Here is the main song I am working on right now. It is a duet with my sister on the violin. It still needs work in the middle section and much practice. We plan to play this at our homeschool group's end-of-the-year event as well as for special music at our church.
It is Be Thou My Vision and the arrangement is done by a friend of mine.

"This hymn was first written in the eighth century by an unknown Irish poet as a prayer asking God to be his Vision, his Wisdom, and his Best Thought by day or night.
In 1905 Mary Elizabeth Byrne, a scholar in Dublin, Ireland, translated this ancient Irish poem into English. Another scholar, Eleanor Hull of Manchester, England, took Byrne's translation and crafted it into verses with rhyme and meter. Shortly thereafter it was set to a traditional Irish folk song, "Slane", named for an area in Ireland where Patrick reportedly challenged local Druids with the gospel. It is one of our oldest hymns."
Hymn history taken from Then Sings My Soul by Robert J. Morgan

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