As I listen to sacred choral music of the Renaissance period and read Isaiah 52:7(see at bottom of the page), it is fitting. The music has a soaring sound as if traveling from the top of a mountain and raining down on those below. Technically speaking the bass and soprano are on the outer parts of choral voicing. It has an encompassing, surrounding effect. The frequency that these voices create in and of themselves serve that purpose. The basses lay a firm foundation while the lofty sopranos have a lifting effect. They both surround the tenor and alto filling out the chord and complimenting. Music can make its most dramatic and full effect when its all working together. Random sounds and chaos don’t create a very nice sound.
This is how I hear it……..
The basses sing, “How lovely is our Savior that entered mankind walking the lowly path. How blessed are the feet of Jesus that walked in our place.”
He brought good news when up to that point the news was tragic. Jesus died in our place laying the foundation but the story doesn’t end there.
The sopranos sing, “HE IS RISEN! HE REIGNS! This is the good news of salvation!”
The basses sing, “Jesus’ sacrifice is our firm foundation!”
The sopranos declare, “His resurection is our hope and salvation.”
The alto and tenors sing, “Let us receive this blessed gift! He surround us, and we will follow His lead.”
What a glorious sound when we all together sing:
The bass, soprano, alto and tenor sing, “We are His hands and feet bringing good news to a tragic world. How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news! OUR GOD REIGNS! OUR GOD REIGNS! FOREVER HE REIGNS!”
“How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, “Your God reigns!” Isaiah 52:7