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New arrangement: “Blessed Assurance”

fanny-crosby-hymn-collectionThis Sunday night we’ll be singing a new arrangement of the well-known hymn “Blessed Assurance” by the blind hymn-writer Fanny Crosby. It uses the traditional melody, set in a relaxed jazz style.

When considering the musical style of an arrangement, it’s important to use a language that matches the mood of the text. Although a jazz idiom wouldn’t be appropriate in our culture to communicate the transcendence¬†of God, it works well for this song. The text is testimony of God’s faithfulness that is intensely personal, written in a way that communicates rest and quiet confidence. In this case, I felt a jazz style was both reverent and appropriate.

You can download the sheet music here.