Amazing Grace

adapted by M.C. Handel/arr. Paul Jennings

Written in 1748 by John Newton after a disaster at sea nearly took his life, this moving poem became a song that has inspired many generations all over the world. The melody we use today was probably an American folk song written about 1800, though its origins are uncertain.

This song is natural for growing recorder players, so we are pleased to include it in this issue with a rich arrangement that features our wonderful string section for an accompaniment. On the recording, our string ensemble includes solo violin, viola, and cello.

There are several variations on the melody, though the version we use is an expressive compromise. Feel free to embellish it or simplify it if you have players that need simpler rhythms.

One option for performance would be to start with your recorders playing the tune by themselves.

Though traditionally sacred in nature, this piece might be usable in your seasonal program since no words are being sung. Though if you wish, you could add the lyrics and actually use it as a song.

Text is taken from Music K-8 magazine.