Lead, Kindly Light

VERSION FOR SATB CHOIR AND CHAMBER ORCHESTRA

Instrumentation

 

Flutes 1, 2
Oboe
English Horn
Clarinets in B  1, 2
Bassoons 1, 2
Horns in F 1-4
Timpani
Percussion

Glockenspiel, Chimes, Triangle, Suspended Cymbal, Tamtam, Low Tom Toms, Bass Drum

Harp
SATB Choir
Violin I
Violin II
Viola
Cello
Contrabass

 

Program Notes

Saint John Henry Newman’s inspiring hymn of supplication and John Bacchus Dykes’ stirring tune, “Lux Benigna,'' are combined in this dramatic setting for SATB Choir and chamber orchestra. Building to a powerful climax on the words, “So long thy pow’r hast blest me, sure it still will lead me on,” the work concludes peacefully, as it began, culminating a journey from darkness into light.