Hymn of the Week: The Strife is O'er (VICTORY)
(I buried this hymn in the Holy Week Music post, but it deserves to be in the spotlight.)
Hymn Title: The Strife is O'er
Tune Name: VICTORY
Meter: 888 with Alleluias
Stately, triumphant, joyful, sounds great with the organ turned All The Way Up - what more could you ask for in an Easter hymn? We round out our Triduum with this piece, because it requires very little focus, and if the choir members are tired (which they are), they can let the organ support them as much as they need. Still, the rising Alleluias in the refrain always seem to reach down deep inside them and find as yet untapped stores of energy for bursting forth in song, somehow. We sing all five verses, and the congregation always stays to sing, many of them even staying for the organ postlude, despite the late hour.
This arrangement pretty much speaks for itself, except that I seem to need to remind my choir from time to time to be careful not to "yip" the ends of their Alleluias. There is plenty of time to sing "ia" and still take a breath. Enjoy.