Wondrous Love

SATB, unaccompanied

The traditional tune and words from the Appalachians.

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The first verse is presented simply, just the melody in the upper voices. Then, as the altos drop a fourth to sing in parallel with the sopranos, the lower voices join, in fifths, with the melody in half time. The last verse is freely harmonized, with a mystical flavor, and the last chord feels as if it goes on rather than ends, in keeping with the words.