Softly & Tenderly
An arrangement of the Will Thompson hymn adapted from the Academy Award-winning film, The Trip to Bountiful. There is a version for mixed chorus with optional piano accompaniment.

Duration: 5' 15"
Difficulty: 2/5

The original motion picture soundtrack is available for purchase in the Store.

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Voicing/Instrumentation - Solo Voices
VOICES

Soprano or Tenor soloist (or an alternate version for Soprano/Tenor duet)

INSTRUMENTATION

Guitar
Fiddle
Hammer Dulcimer
Soprano Recorder
Accordion

Piano
Strings
Voicing/Instrumentation - Mixed Chorus
VOICES

Mixed Chorus (with optional piano accompaniment)

INSTRUMENTATION

Guitar
Fiddle
Hammer Dulcimer
Tin Whistle (or Soprano Recorder)
Accordion

Piano
Strings
Notes
J.A.C. Redford’s arrangement of the classic Christian hymn “Softly and Tenderly” is adapted from the version that was used in the critically acclaimed 1985 film, The Trip to Bountiful. The score, by J.A.C. Redford, features simple, folk-like melodies played on traditional musical instruments, such as the fiddle, tin whistle, harmonica, tack piano, and guitar, augmented by an orchestral string section.
Commission & Performance History
The SATB arrangement of Softly & Tenderly was performed in Oxford and Cambridge at the C. S. Lewis Foundation’s Oxbridge 2008 conference by the C. S. Lewis Summer Institute Chorale, conducted by Stanley L. Roberts of Mercer College.