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In Christ Alone

Posted by JanetB, written by Keith Getty and Stuart Townsend

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Size: 1,288kb, uploaded 4/22/2021 11:29:04 PM
Genre: Unknown/None Chosen / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

This hymn caught me off guard with its unusual meter in the second section. When I heard Allison Kraus' version I had to give it a try and was very surprised that it clawhammered quite easily. I don't know many modern hymns, but am finding that many are quite beautiful. This has a Celtic feel, and, indeed the writers are from Ireland and England.



3 comments on “In Christ Alone”

rickhayes Says:
Friday, April 23, 2021 @11:31:37 AM

Never heard that one Janet. It's a good one and you worked it out nicely. If and when we ever get back together in our group at church I'll recommend that we give this one a try. I looked and it's in our music book. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

My music theory is sketchy so I'm not sure I understand what you mean by unusual meter. Although I was initially tapping it out in 4/4, when I looked it up it is actually in 3/4 and seems to be in 3/4 throughout. Is it the rests and/or dotted notes, or maybe syncopation, that bring you to that conclusion? Sorry for what might be a dumb question.

JanetB Says:
Friday, April 23, 2021 @6:09:41 PM

It's a beauteous song, Rick, isn't it. No dumb questions exist, I think -- I'm not smart enough to know is that's really so. Listen to Allison Kraus on youtube. I consider it irregular because of the odd number of measures in both parts. In the first part it seems to insert a measure, to give the singer a pause and time to breath and for the novel effect. In the second part it seems to insert two partial measures for the same purpose. It makes it sound so different that I noted it when I first heard it and couldn't grasp it the first time round, which is all you get in a church service. They don't play songs like an old-time jam, when everyone plays it over and over and over and you really get a chance to learn. And I'm so used to the regularness of most fiddle tunes, that "irregular" meter catches my ear.

rickhayes Says:
Friday, April 23, 2021 @7:58:29 PM

Thanks for the explanation. I'll have to give it another listen.

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