Let All Mortal Flesh

Scored for: SATB & jazz trio, alto sax and 2 trumpets
Level: Medium
Duration: 4 mins

Other Info: Will Todd's jazz arrangement of the traditional Picardy French carol, with words by Gerard Moultrie (1829 - 1885) was commissioned by Andrew Earis for the BBC Radio 4 live broadcast of the Ascension Day service in 2016.The setting of Let all mortal flesh keep silence is structured to gradually build layers over the moody piano chords and the pedal harmony. At the end the music builds to a large climax for ‘Lord most high’.

This piece is now published by Boosey & Hawkes in the collection Three Jazz Hymns with Come Down O Love Divine and God Is LoveThe hymns can be performed using the supplied piano part or embellished using the chord symbols above. Double bass may also be used in addition to piano, again following the supplied chord symbols, and parts for optional jazz ensemble are available here. Performers of these hymns should feel free to include the congregation or audience in imaginative ways.


Let all mortal flesh keep silence
And with fear and trembling stand:
Ponder nothing earthly minded
For with blessing in his hand
Christ our God to earth descendeth,
Our full homage to demand
King of kings yet born of Mary
As of old on earth he stood
Lord of lords in human vesture
In the body and the blood
He will give to all the faithful
His own self for heav'nly food
Rank on rank the host of heaven
Spreads its vanguard on the way
As the Light of lights descendeth
From the realms of endless day
That the powers of hell may vanish
As the darkness clears away
At his feet the six winged seraph;
Cherubim with sleepless eye
Veil their faces to the presence
As with ceaseless voice they cry
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia
Lord most high


Instrumental Parts: ASax, Tpt1, Tpt2, Drms, Pno, Bass


Three Jazz Hymns is published by Boosey and Hawkes in printed format.  The instrumental parts are available in digital downloadable format here

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Price: £4.25

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