The Lord's Prayer
for SATB and Organ, OR SATB, Organ and Piano (1989)
by Ron Hannah


Words: Biblical
Duration: about 4 minutes

     This is a lovely setting of this famous text, with a gently rocking, slightly minimalist accompaniment. An amateur choir will have fun with its lengthy unison sections, breaking occasionally into 2 lines, one stationary the other moving. Full 4-part harmony is reserved for the end, on the words "Thine is the kingdom". It is published in two versions (with and without piano) by Conners Publications.

     It was premiered in its organ/piano incarnation by the Celebration Ensemble at a concert sponsored by the Edmonton Composers' Concert Society (now called Tonus Vivus Society for New Music) in 1989, and has been performed in that form several times since, but it really started life as a love song called "A Decade", one of my Songs of Myself. Later, when I came to write incidental music for the Vineyard Theatre production of A Sea Liturgy in 1986, I reworked it yet again, adding harmony and altering the words to those of the Lord's Prayer. For the theatre performances I had the luxury of a small ensemble that included flute, viola, harp and synthesizer, and I found that setting so successful that I redid it, but for the more realistic forces you see listed here. You see how composers cannibalize themselves.

    You can obtain the score from the publisher or from the Canadian Music Centre.

P.S. The published score says, wrongly, that it was written in 1996. My fault.