Score: Be Thou my Vision

By request, here is the piano score for Be Thou My Vision (aka Slane.) It's my first score (consider it draft copy), so please forgive any issues you may find with the musical notation.

I learned a few things in the course of this excercise. When working backwards, by first improvising a piece and then writing it down, the notation becomes a mirror of sorts. The markings that flow up and down the grand staff reveal what the left and right hands are doing, so I learned a few things. First of all, the musical notes themselves are simple, but that's ok, since the interweaving of beauty and simplicity is important to me. I'm also a little troubled by the left hand. The right hand seems to move purposefully across the keyboard, while the left hand performs its tasks somewhat more haphazardly. Maybe I need to whip out some Bach excercises and give my left hand a workout.

Remember that there is nothing particularly magical about this score. It's notes on paper, transcribed from an earlier Piano by Joel recording. The importance is in how the music is interpreted by the performer. If you choose to print out and learn this piece, I recommend listening to the original, to better understand my original intent.

Enjoy the music. If any of you ever perform it, I would love to hear about it. If it's possible, I wouldn't mind hearing an MP3 either.

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At 8:22 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where can I download the song "The Day Thou Gavest Lord"? I love it. It's not on itunes.

At 8:02 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Joel! I found your website and score to "Be Thou My Vision" this evening. (I will be playing the piano in my brother's wedding in a few weeks, and your arrangement style is exactly what my family and I especially enjoy.) Thank you so much for your ministry of music. May the Lord bless you!
-M. Hansen

At 6:54 PM , Anonymous Lee said...

Joel: Ditto to the comment above. My daughter and I are going to sing at a cousins wedding and your peaceful arrangement is just what we were looking for. Thanks and many blessings.



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