Crossing The Bar
a cappella SATB – words by Alfred Lord Tennyson, music by Rani Arbo – arr. Peter Amidon
In the Amidons’ book ‘Twenty-five Anthems for Interfaith & Community Choirs‘. Sung here by the Starry Mountain Singers. Rani Arbo wrote this setting for Crossing the Bar after keeping vigil while her husband’s grandmother, Elizabeth May, was dying peacefully at home at age 97. During the last two days of her life, Mrs. May was still and quiet, but in an unexpected lucid moment she – a lifelong poetry lover – opened her eyes and clearly said, “Sunset and evening star.” Rani and her husband Scott looked up the verse and discovered this beautiful poem by Alfred Lord Tennyson about a soul putting out to sea, and Rani composed the perfect setting for the poem. Kathy Leo, head of the Hallowell hospice choir, had given Rani’s “Some Bright Morning” CD to Peter Amidon and said “Arrange Crossing the Bar!”.