Near to the Heart

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Near to the Heart

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A warm and expressive reworking of a well-known gospel classic. This arrangement follows the current trend of ‘updating’ familiar songs to fit the contemporary context. The verse features an original melody with gentle syncopation to freshen the feel. However, the chorus follows the shape of the original McAfee tune with rhythms altered and phrases reiterated to conform to the style of the new model. An easy teach for groups used to contemporary turns of phrase. And traditional groups are assured of embracing the new clothing without undue effort.

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About the music

This music product is a digital download - instant access after purchase.

Preview Music: PDF Sample (click to open, right-click to save)
Words by: Cleland B. McAfee; adapted L.B.
Music by: Len Ballantine / Cleland B. McAfee


  • Uncomplicated

Duration: 3:36
Orchestration: SATB & Piano


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