Let there be Rock (2013)

Duration: approx. 3:30

This Festival Arrangement was written at the request of Ashley Griffin for the Leeds West Hunslet YP Band.

The piece is a fun and catchy, three and a half minute concert arrangement. It is scored for competent Unity Series band and combines a driving gospel song called 'Lift my voice' with two traditional SA songs: 'My hope is built on nothing less' (SASB 745, Tune 501 Solid Rock) & 'Rock of ages cleft for me' (SASB 302, Tune 316 Toplady), both of which I have squeezed into the rock genre.

It's always a challenge taking established tunes and adapting them for another genre. The trick - I think - is to respect the tune. I try and preserve the essence of the tune: by that I mean its feel (whether lively, prayerful, dignified or whatever) together with its line and shape. I hope I have done that, even with morphing both of them from 3/4 into 4/4 time - time will tell!

I’m gonna lift my voice
Lift it like a trumpet
I’m gonna let hosannas ring
I’m gonna clap my hands
I’m gonna sing for joy
Lift his praises high!

Jeff Switzer
© 1992 Havudidju Publishing

Let there be Rock
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Let there be rock - sample.mp3

My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness,
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.

On Christ, the solid rock, I stand,
All other ground is sinking sand.

Edward Mote (1797-1874)
© Public Domain

Rock of ages, cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in thee;
Let the water and the blood,
From thy riven side which flowed,
Be of sin the double cure,
Cleanse me from its guilt and power.

Augustus Montague Toplady (1740-78)
© Public Domain

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