Posts tagged ‘I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes’

October 20, 2013

2013-10-20 Notes from the Bench

“I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes” by Leo Sowerby

A commentary on this week’s music by Dr. James T. Gerber, Music Associate

The American composer and church musician, Leo Sowerby (1895-1968) was know as “the Dean of American church music” through the early to mid-twentieth century. His substantial output of compositions include of 500 works in nearly every genre except opera and ballet. Much of Sowerby’s music is composed in a late-romantic style with aspects of twentieth-century harmonies introduced that stretch the boundaries of tonality. The anthem I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes, was composed for mezzo-soprano, chorus, and organ in 1919, and is based on Psalm 121.

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