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Friday, November 11, 2016

Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing & Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9

November is all about counting blessings and some of my greatest blessings I call sister.  I have so many love and laughter-filled memories with my sisters.  We are tied together with heartstrings.

When I left for college, Jen, the youngest, was pushing seven years old.  We are separated by a decade, but we’ve never seemed to notice much. We savor time spent in nature’s realm.  Together we have hiked the Nā Pali coastline, crawled up Misery Ridge and taken long walks down Dillon Beach.  We’ve explored Aubrey Butte back in the day when roads were scarce and wildlife plentiful.  We’ve wandered through mountains, rivers and waterfalls.  Tennis is our game of choice.  And the holidays — we have shared so many Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas memories together with family and friends. 

One experience that will always shine is the night we attended a concert at the river’s edge in Drake Park about 15 years ago.  The Sunriver Music Festival gave a performance of Antonín Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 - From the New World.  The orchestra was amazing, the music sublime.   

This symphony has always enchanted me.  There is a yearning in the melody that has held my heart captive from the moment I first heard it.  For this arrangement I have taken one of Jen’s favorite hymns, Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing, and meshed it with this gem Dvořák has given us.  It’s taken me a few years off and on to complete it, but I think I’m about ready to put down my eraser and pencil and call it good.  I wrote it for piano four hands and two violins, with Justin and Emma in mind. 


Come, thou Fount of every blessing; Tune my heart to sing thy grace;
Streams of mercy, never ceasing, call for songs of loudest praise.
Teach me some melodious sonnet, sung by flaming tongues above;
Praise the mount; I'm fixed upon it: Mount of thy redeeming love.

O to grace how great a debtor daily I'm constrained to be!
Let thy goodness, as a fetter, bind my wandering heart to thee.
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it, prone to leave the God I love;
Here's my heart, O take and seal it; seal it for thy courts above.

Click HERE to download free sheet music – Piano 1, 2 / Violin 1, 2
Click HERE to download free sheet music – Violin 1
Click HERE to download free sheet music – Violin 2

*Spirit Falls photo credit:  Echo Studios

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