Performance Insights

How Firm a Foundation


This traditional pentatonic melody has been altered to a standard diatonic scale by adding the 7th scale degree (melodic solfege ti / melodic number 7).   However, Cox uses the typical canonic arranging technique. to easily connect this tune in its original pentatonic state. 

Five stanzas are set to the hymn-tune and text; first as a single unaccompanied tune, then as a two-part canon followed by a three-part canon.  Each setting is one-half step higher than the one that proceeds it.  It closes with a meditative "Amen."  Although intended to be sung acappella, Cox has provided a "for rehearsal only" accompaniment which will come in handy until the singers learn to adjust to the key changes with each stanza.


Access the three-part variable voicing chart to see the  available voicing options.


Words are "K" from Rippon's Selection of Hymns, 1787

The music is an Early American Melody

Three-part Variable Voicing with Piano

Arranged by Ronald B. Cox

CP Catalog #U485193


This work is available in E-Print.


Order hard copies from your favorite music distributor, J.W.Pepper Inc., or directly from Cambiata Press.


Home     Order Music     Email Us     Cambiata Institute     Workshops   

View and Hear Music Online     The Cambiata Concept

Sign the Guestbook



Cambiata Press
Denton, Texas
Brevard, North Carolina