If you’ve watched General Conference any time in the last ten years, you have probably heard David Zabriskie’s arrangement of “Have I Done Any Good in the World Today?” Available in SATB and SSAA versions, the piece has become a staple of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s repertoire. And for a good reason. The piece features a lovely accompaniment and straight forward part-writing.
Any choir with singers who can hold hymn book parts can learn this arrangement fairly quickly. Women sing the melody for the first verse. Men sing it for the second verse. Both sing parts at the chorus after the first verse, but Zabriskie keeps the hymn flowing by cutting out the chorus after verse 2 and saving it for the end of verse 3.
In addition to the simple part-writing, the arrangement is also great for choirs with limited ranges. The sopranos only hit a D twice (on “do something more”) and the tenors only go up to C. Likewise the basses only go down to G. The keyboard part should also be within the ability of all but the most beginner pianists or organists.
Reviewer: Joseph Sowa