To the Supreme Being


Composer: Peter Hallock

A beautiful anthem for men’s voices (ATBB div.), organ, and oboe approximately 8 minutes in duration. The choral/organ score is available as a digital download only; you must purchase at least 12 copies of the choral/organ score. A link to a PDF of the oboe part will be provided upon completion of your purchase.

There is an alternate version scored for string orchestra (instead of organ) and oboe accompaniment. This version was performed at Peter Hallock’s tribute concert in May 2015. Please contact us if you are interested in this version.

To the Supreme Being – PDF preview


The anthem was commissioned by the American Guild of Organists, Yakima, Washington, Chapter on the occasion of their Regional Convention.

The prayers we make will then be sweet indeed
If Thou the spirit give by which we pray.
Our unassisted hearts are barren clay,
Which of its native self can nothing feed:
Of good and pious works Thou art the seed,
Which quickens only when Thou say’st it may:
Unless Thou show to us Thine own true way
No one can find it, Lord! Thou must lead.
Do Thou, then, breathe those thoughts into our minds
By which such virtue may be bred
That in thy holy footsteps we may tread;
The fetters of our tongues unbind,
That we may have the grace by which our songs may rise to Thee,
That we may sound thy praises everlastingly.

—Michelangelo, trans. William Wordsworth, alt.