Though I Speak with the Tongues of Men and of Angels
Margaret Vardell Sandresky
A colorful and vital setting of this text from I Corinthians, “Though I speak with the tongues of men and angels…” provides many opportunities for both choir and organ to display their best qualities. The organ part is scored for an orchestral organ with many possibilities for solo instrumental colors, while the choral part is set mostly in close harmony creating a feeling of depth and richness. Ms Sandresky has also provided a possibility for the use of children’s voices, giving further variety of choral sound. Also of note are the long, rhythmically undulating phrases that give the piece a sense of timelessness.