“The Haven of Rest” is one of my favorite hymns. I usually hear this hymn performed as a vocal solo.
As a pianist, we must learn to make the text come to life by animated accompaniment…making the message even more real and meaningful.
The first verse begins with a troubled scene of a lost soul but ends with the rescue by the Saviour!
So…we begin with a mood of turmoil. I use an up and down pattern in the right hand to depict the boistrous waves of the sea.
Then…the waves suddenly grow calm…when I hear the sweet voice of my Saviour. ( Notice the movement lessens in the accompaniment.)
I just want to keep going and explain the next part of the accompaniment because the mood of happiness increases… creating a cascading wave of crescendo as Jesus floods the ‘saved’ soul with unexplainable peace!
You’ll have to wait…part two will reveal this joyous picture of salvation.