MLB #106 – BENEDICTION – SPIRIT DIVINE (MICHAEL COOPER)

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    PROGRAM NOTE

    This arrangement of Spirit Divine (T.B. 110) was written with the intent of being used as a benediction but could also effectively be used as a contribution to Sunday worship, particularly leading up to Pentecost. The piece was written with the lyrics of the first two verses in mind before it concludes with a repeated chorus. The music has many similarities to a lullaby, and as such, the listener should be reminded of the simple plea within the chorus:

    Come, great Spirit, come,
    Make each heart Thy home;
    Enter every longing soul;
    Come, great Spirit, come.

     

    ABOUT THE COMPOSER

    Michael Cooper was born and raised in Port Macquarie, Australia. As a child, he received his formative musical training from his grandfather and actively participated in all musical sections of the local corps. Michael subsequently moved to Brisbane, Australia where he currently resides. He is the bandmaster at the Brisbane City Temple corps where he worships alongside his wife and two children. Over the last several years, Michael has developed a passion for arranging music for small ensembles as well as worship and brass band composition. This is Michael’s first published piece.