Jesus Lover of My Soul
The tune ABERYSTWYTH is often paired with the Charles Wesley hymn text, "Jesus, Lover of My Soul”. It is a hymn of hope, and provides comfort in turbulent times. Echoes and suspended mallets offer a delicate and ethereal tone to begin the piece, while the middle section features singing bell underneath the melody played in canon form as a 'trio' between bells, bass chimes, and treble chimes. The inclusion of “Jesus Loves Me” in the minor key is an unexpected and beautiful surprise.
This setting is dedicated to the vast number of souls lost due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is appropriate for worship, memorial services, and an excellent choice for a subtle change-of-pace concert selection. 92 measures in the key of f minor.