Fairest Lord Jesus
Peter Pindar Stearns
This piece and “The Day Thou Gavest” form a lovely pair of works for children’s choir. “Fairest Lord Jesus” is based on the familiar tune, St. Elizabeth. Immediately striking is the imaginative organ accompaniment, using a rhythmic figure as counterpoint to the melody as well as unusual harmony. The first verse is in unison, the second in two parts and the third includes a descant set to the text “Jesu dulcis memoria”. The piece ends quietly on the strings of the organ. This is a great addition to both the hymn-anthem and children’s repertoire.
Review from “The Diapason”–June 2004
Easy summer music:
“Fairest Lord Jesus”
“The two parts are in treble clef (the piece was originally composed for a youth choir). The organ part is on three staves with registration suggestions, and is very easy. The popular melody is prevalent throughout. Gentle music with very comfortable ranges and vocal lines.”