God is gone upop. 27 2 (1951)
orchestral version by W Godfree 1988
Boosey & Hawkes
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This anthem has rightly become an integral part of the choral repertoire, suitable for use on festive and celebratory occasions. Larger choruses will welcome the version with full orchestra - God is Gone Up would make an excellent opening item for a concert. Composed in a simple ABA form, the outer sections capture the celebratory spirit of the text with rising figures and fanfare effects, while the central section is a more reflective contrast, while still energetic. This anthem, probably Finzi’s most well-known piece of sacred music, is of immediate appeal to choirs, congregations and concert audiences alike.