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)
          9Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope.
        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.



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.

T-1        T-2        T-3       T-4        T-5        T-6        T-7        T-8        T-9        T-10        T-11        T-12

The twelve individual tracks above are compiled here as a single track.
Bias Studio conversion as singletrack.

Our Thanks

        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.


Thanks for



A message to all who visit this website


This 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 future performances.


To GOD be the Glory!

A continual search is underway for additional data relative to the
work - the soloist, participants, performance dates, locations, etc..

contact:      Beth