Kathryn Cater trio performs “Great is Thy Faithfulness”
Notes from the composer
An unusual trio of this beautiful hymn by William M. Runyan, who wrote the melody for the words which first appeared in 1956 Baptist Hymnal: Of the writing process he said, “This particular poem held such an appeal that I prayed most earnestly that my tune might carry its message in a worthy way, and the subsequent history of its use indicates that God answered my prayer.” The poem is by Thomas O. Chisholm, an American Methodist pastor and teacher, who was also a poet and editor, born July 29, 1866. This is his most famous work. Kathryn Cater has brought the tempo down, and put the meter in 9. In the style of Debussy, it is very moving and impressive.