Festive Dance on Holy Manna
Holy Manna is one of the hymn tunes published by William Moore in a shape-note tunebook in the early 19th century and is one of the earliest forms of American 'folk' hymns. The original lyrics for this hymn were "Brethren, We Have Met Together". Kurt has taken this simple, almost plaintive pentatonic melody and created an amazing arrangement with rhythm, techniques, and texture without sacrificing the simplicity. Varying moods include dance-like to introspective, majestic, joyous, and feature dynamics and nuance. The addition of handchimes (which includes optional low bass in the 2's) adds richness and texture, plus well-placed LV, echoes, gentle marts, and malleted notes perfectly emphasize the unique character of this wonderful arrangement. This is a fabulous work for worship or concert!