Christ be with me

Composer
Michael Wolniakowski
Catalogue #
t1p 004
Type
SATB with organ
Page count
4
Size
190.5mm x 270mm
Price
$1.60
Publication date
October 21, 2014
Description

The fifth-century text from St. Patrick’s Breastplate is used in this short composition. A beautiful, soaring solo begins the work, ending with a soulful section for mixed voices. This piece can be used as a benediction at any time of year.

Difficulty
easy
Review

Michael Wolniakowski has written a delightful and accessible SATB setting of Christ be with me (A prayer of Saint Patrick). Written ideally for organ accompaniment, it can easily be adapted for piano and fits nicely in one’s hands. The opening solo could also be performed by a children or youth ensemble. The melody has a lovely lilt and the music compliments the text very well. Wolniakowski cleverly shifts tonal centers, but always in a way that sets an ensemble up to be successful. Christ be with me is an excellent example of interesting yet accessible choral writing.

Reviewer:

Jonathan N. Busarow
Executive Artistic Director
Fort Wayne Children’s Choir