Comfort, Comfort Ye My People

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French composer Louis Bourgeois (c. 1510-1559) wrote or adapted a number of tunes to the metrical settings of the Psalms in the Genevan Psalter. The tune on which this arrangement is based was written for Psalm 42, which begins, “As a deer thirsts for flowing streams, so thirsts my soul for you, O God.”

Today, the tune often accompanies a text wri en by Johann Olearius (1635-1711) and translated by the English educator and hymn-writer Catherine Winkworth (1829-1878) that paraphrases Isaiah 40:1-5, the prophet’s call for repentance at the advent of a new kingdom bringing peace and joy: “Comfort, comfort ye my people; speak ye peace, thus saith our God.”

This arrangement features a straightforward statement of the chorale tune, leading into an energetic, highly syncopated romp in constantly changing meters.

Category: Brass
Primary Composer or Arranger:
Marchand, Todd
Company / Vendor Name:
Mixed Group
Range / Level
Moderate Adv.
Optional Vendor Catalog Number: CSM-BQ5-058
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30-60 Sec Sample
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