Revival of the1962 presentation of:
A Cantata for Eastertide
Music By David Williams Thornton
Text selected and arranged by Rev. Jesse B. Thornton
Welcome! This website is dedicated to the revival of a marvelous but largely forgotten piece of sacred music. We hope you are blessed as you listen and learn.
The Theme Text
Psalm 16:9-11 (KJV)
10For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.
11Thou wilt show me the path of life: in thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there there are pleasures for evermore.
Other featured texts are from - Hosea 13, Mark 1, John 14: 1-3, Luke 4, John 3:16, Matthew 28: 1-6, Job 19, and I Corinthians 15.
You'll also have opportunity to see the text, which are annotated with the scripture references used,
and the actual score:
T-2 I Am The Lord Thy God
T-3 My Heart Is Glad
T-4 The Voice In The Wilderness
T-5 Jesus Went Forth
T-6 Let Not Yout Heart Be Troubled
T-7 'Tis Midnight
T-8 The Crucifixion
T-9 As It Began To Dawn & Fear Not Ye
T-10 Christ Our Lord Is Risen Today
T-11 I Know That My Redeemer Liveth
T-12 O Death! Where Is Thy Sting?
Father and Son Worked Together to create a Magnificent Music Result
Please read on to learn about the composer, David WilliamsThornton, about his father, Rev. J B Thornton, who selected and arranged text, about news coverage of the day, and about the reminiscences of participants in early performances.
David Wms. Thornton Rev. J B Thornton
You'll learn about and listen to one particular 1962 Scottish Rite cathedral performance , which was recorded and is the basis of this effort.
You may download or listen to this sound-enhanced copy of the 1962 performance. These enhanced audio files were created by the Bias Studio, compliments of Beth Provinse.
The twelve individual tracks above are compiled here as a single track.
Bias Studio conversion as singletrack.
This effort would not have been possible the L P album recorded in 1962. For that we owe a debt of gratitude to Drs. Thomas & Vicki King…
.... and to Kathleen Fowler King, Choir Director of the Oak Hill Presbyterian Church and a 1962 participant, whose copy of the LP recording of that day was preserved by her son, Tom.
project is a labor of love by those who delight in
and have been blessed by this wonderful work of
music. It is our prayer that God will use it again
to bless the hearts of many more through this old
recording and inspire interest in others to produce