Composer: Priscilla Wright

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Harmonizer: Dale Grotenhuis

Grotenhuis grew up in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church (OPC) and graduated from Calvin College with a music major. He obtained his Master's degree in music from Michigan State University and completed doctoral studies at Ohio State University. While in the Army, he was chief music arranger for the 2nd Army Band and conducted its Male Chorus. Before coming to Dordt, Grotenhuis taught music at Christian high schools in Washington and Michigan. Under his direction, the Dordt College concert choir participated in annual tours that took members throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. He loved the church and the music of the church. His favorite song was "All Glory Be to God on High". (last two sentences from… Go to person page >

Tune Information

Harmonizer: Dale Grotenhuis (1986)
Composer: Priscilla Wright (1971)
Meter: Irregular
Key: e minor
Copyright: Text and music © 1971, 1975, Celebration/administered by Maranatha! Music. All rights reserved. International copyright secured. Used by permission.; Copyright Celebration Services (International) Ltd. 1971, 1975. All rights reserved. Used by permission.


Fear Not, Rejoice and Be Glad

Fear not, rejoice and be glad:
the LORD has done a great thing,
has poured out his Spirit on all who live,
on those who confess his name.

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Like several Bible songs in the Psalter Hymnal, CLAY has a Jewish flavor. Wright designed the tune to flow without pause from the refrain into each stanza and on to the refrain again in continual motion. Dale Grotenhuis (PHH 4) harmonized the tune in 1986 for the Psalter Hymnal. Here are two performance suggestions: (a) everyone sing the refrain in unison, and one or more soloists or possibly a choir sing the stanzas; (b) everyone sing the refrain in parts, and antiphonal groups alternate on the stanzas. CLAY works well with tambourine, guitar, strings, or possibly hand clapping. The Fisherfolk often perform it with liturgical dance in the style of Hebrew folk dancing. --Psalter Hymnal Handbook


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