The composer was very pleased. We sang my Exaltabo Te, Deus (I served as a substitute tenor this morning) when the basket was being passed . . . but it is also a somewhat longer anthem than the choir normally sing for the First Church Boston service. The m.d. told me that the last two minutes of the piece, the congregation had settled nicely into the piece, and their attention was glued. “Magical,” quoth he.
I had to duck away right at the end of the service, but Paul texted me shortly after, saying, “Everyone RAVED about your piece!” Which was especially gratifying, as it is not the sort of piece typically served up at this parish.