أبانا الذي في السماء ليتقدس اسمك/Abana in Heaven
“Abana” is sung by Christians throughout the Arabic-speaking world. This haunting, yet vigorous melody beautifully captures the words of the Lord’s Prayer.
My arrangemnt that appears in hymnals makes heavy use of a drone in a hymn texture. That’s lovely, but not like the recordings I’ve heard of the song from Egypt. This SATB and piano arrangement is more along those lines: almost Klezmer-like use of the harmonic scale, a rhythmic accompaniment with lots of rubato, and vocal harmonies that tend to move in thirds.
This anthem is scored for SATB and piano and can be purchased from GIA Music.
music and Arabic text by Laila Constantine, Lebanon
English translation by Anne Emil Zaki, Emily R. Brink, and Greg Scheer
arranged by Greg Scheer