Sunday, April 17, 2005

"Poor Wayfaring Stranger" arr. Marke Hayes

This is an excellent, very moving piano arrangement of this piece. It starts with an introduction laying out the minor key with runs and blocked jazz chords. This eventually leads into the melody which has interesting rhythms and very colorful harmony with many accidentals. The range greatly varies as well going from very low ocataves on the piano to high chords. The middle modulates to another minor key that has three voices. One is on melody, another is on harmony, and the last does a high descant. The piece uses dynamics, especially crescendos, to emphasizes chords that land on important words. It is mostly parallel phrases. Each key is a separate binary form that never returns to the original key or material. It would be a great piece for a more classy praise worship prelude or devotional time.

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