The music director wanted the orchestra to play after the Easter Cantata Sunday while they are taking up the offering.
So I went home and did a new arrangement of "He Lives". But Sunday night, my orchestra members just couldn't get the hang of it.
So I needed something else fast that is easy to play but still fits the Easter service. Then I thought of "Joyful Joyful We Adore Thee". That's the church version of Ode to Joy by Beethoven. And tonight after Wednesday night bible study, we are having an emergency orchestra practice session to get it down cold. I mean, most of the parts are all quarter notes accept for nine well-placed eight notes. What's not to love? Plus I wrote a fanfare that I may decide to play on sop over the top of everyone else while playing it the last time through.
But my wife doesn't think it's an Easter tune. I then reminded her that Ode to Joy was in both the opening and ending medleys in our cantata. So she relented.
So, is this fitting for Easter or not? I know it works for both Christmas and the movie, Die Hard. What do you think?