Who so beset him round with dismal stories,
do but themselves confound, his strength the more is.
No foes shall stay his might, though he with giants fight;
he will make good his right to be a pilgrim.
The prelude will be Prelude on “St. Dunstan’s” by Leo Sowerby (1895-1968). Sowerby sets this tune in a manner that reflects the text - full of confidence and some spicy harmonies. Perhaps most famous for his composition of church music, Sowerby was organist and choirmaster at St. James Cathedral in Chicago from 1927 until 1962! However, Sowerby also was a respected composer of classical music with quite a few classical works in varying genres to his name. In 1946, Sowerby was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for Music. I have recently been the recipient of quite a few books of music by Sowerby, due to the unfortunate passing of one of his students, John Garen Morrison, former organist of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Pensacola. I think you will enjoy Leo Sowerby’s inspired and colorful way of writing music. If you are familiar with the hymn tune, listen for it in the prelude.