Lead me, Lord

Lead me, Lord. Samuel Sebastian Wesley* (1810–1876).  ‘Lead me, Lord’ is a brief four-line response that appears in hymnals, mainly in the United States. It originated as the final movement of a verse-anthem (soloists alternating with chorus), ‘Praise the Lord, O My Soul’ (1861) for SSATB soloists, SSATB chorus, and organ. Wesley composed this extended work to celebrate the new organ at Holy Trinity Church, Winchester. The twelve-minute extended anthem explores a full range of chromatic harmonies, choral counterpoint, and an independent organ part that, appropriate to the occasion, demands a skillful performer.  The section included in hymnals concludes the anthem. Compared to the...

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