Judd Street Collection - March 2016
Duration 8:00 mins
50 word programme note:
Built around Sidney Carter’s song ‘The Lord of the Dance' and largely Celtic in style, Skydance explores idea that the Dance – representing the propagation of God's love for humanity - began long ago, came to earth in the form of Jesus Christ and now, in heaven, goes on for eternity.
In the heavenly LambThrice happy I am,And my heart it doth dance at the sound of his name.
Skydance - sample 1.mp3
The piece then breaks free into an exuberant Celtic jig - the sound of the dance itself. Here is a clip from the later presentation of this feature:
Skydance - sample 2.mp3
After a minute or two of effervescence the piece settles into a reflective central section built around the Wesleyan hymn where at its' climax, the saint in eternity cries, 'my heart doth dance at the sound of His name!'
Skydance - sample 3.mp3
I danced in the morningWhen the world was begun,And I danced in the moonAnd the stars and the sun,And I came down from heavenAnd I danced on the earth,At BethlehemI had my birth.Dance, then, wherever you may be,I am the Lord of the Dance, said he,And I'll lead you all, wherever you may be,And I'll lead you all in the Dance, said he.Sydney Carter
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