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    "Eastham Suite II: Pilgrims' Night Prayer"genre: Chamber Music
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    The second, slow, movement of my Eastham Suite. The prelude expresses the night fears and uncertainty felt by the new arrivals as they grope for something comforting. They find it in recalling Thomas Tallis's hymn, "Glory be to Thee my God this night."
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    Credits: Thomas Tallis

    Story Behind the Song
    Written after staying in Eastham, Massachusetts,on Cape Cod, where the pilgrims settled near First Encounter Beach . This section of the Eastham Suite culminates in an Evensong the pilgrims could have known from childhood. I have included it very plainly in four-part harmony in the strings and then embellished in the woodwinds.

    Lyrics
    First verse:

    All praise to Thee my God this night
    For all the blessings of the light
    Keep me, O keep me, King of Kings
    Beneath Thine own almighty wings.

    The Doxology often concludes the hymn as its last verse.

    The setting is by Thomas Tallis(1560).

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