Amazing Grace (VJCP105-LS)
Words by John Newton
(as set to the folk song New Britain)
arr. by Russell Schmidt
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VJCP105-LS – Lead Sheet, which includes copies of the arrangement in concert pitch (both treble and bass clef versions), Bb transposition, and Eb transposition.
Description: A centuries-old Christian hymn, Amazing Grace remains one of the most recognizable and frequently-performed songs of all time in the English-speaking world. With enduring themes of forgiveness and salvation, it has long provided comfort and hope to the despairing.
First published in 1779, the words to Amazing Grace were originally written in 1772 by Anglican clergyman and English poet John Newton. Just over a half-century later, American composer William Walker set those words to a folk song known as New Britain. It is that version of Amazing Grace that continues to be performed today.
In the autumn of 2020, Valley Jazz Cooperative Director Russell Schmidt wrote two completely different arrangements of Amazing Grace for MSW Ministries’ Amazing Grace Project. (Visit MSW.org/AmazingGraceProject to learn more about this initiative.) The first arrangement written is the one presented here: a substantially-reharmonized treatment of the hymn. Schmidt refers to this arrangement as the Big3 version, not because it was originally performed by a piano trio, but because it m