Amazing Grace (2001)

Duration: approx. 1:20

This short prelude was written for the commissioning (ordination) of the UK Ambassadors of Grace session of Cadets in May 2001. It was originally a whole tone higher as it was designed to follow on immediately from an arrangement of Strauss' Also Sprach Zarathrustra  - the main title from 2001: A Space Odyssey which is in the key of C concert. If you look at the session name and year you'll see why these pieces were chosen to start the celebrations.

The piece is rather arresting in style with a loud ending. However, if used in the right way, it could be a short but useful item for ceremonial occasions or as a prelude or postlude to worship.

Amazing grace! how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found,
Was blind but now I see.

John Newton (1725-1807)
SA Songbook 308 (Tune: Amazing Grace! TB 70)

Interestingly I wrote music for three annual commissioning events in a row: Forward 2000 (2000); Amazing Grace (2001); Crossbearers and The Gift (2002).  Since that time I have also been privileged to help write the sessional song for the UK Witnesses for Christ session of cadets who were commissioned in 2009.

 Computer generated track

WAV Amazing Grace Prelude 2 (lower key).mp3

 Sample score page
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