Amazing Grace


John Newton (1725-1807)

This distinctive arrangement of the well loved American hymn was influenced by the music of the African American womens's a cappella group, Sweet Honey in the Rock. Three independant /interdependent treble lines are supported by a solid bass line sung by the second altos. Arranged in A/B/A fashion, the middle verse is given a more traditional homophonic hymn-like treatment. 

This SSAA arrangement translates easily to mixed choir.


Item Voicing/Instrumentation Duration Price Audio View Score Quantity
SBMP 437 SSAA, a cappella 2:20 $2.05 Santa Barbara Music Press
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Amazing Grace

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,

That saved a wretch like me.

I once was lost but now am found,

Was blind, but now I see.

'Twas Grace that taught my heart to fear.

And Grace, my fears relieved.

How precious did that Grace appear

The hour I first believed.

Through many dangers, toils and snares

I have already come;

'Tis Grace that brought me safe thus far

and Grace will lead me home.


"Joan Szymko's 'Amazing Grace' is very exciting,there isn't a boring line in any voice part." - primarily a cappella /


Amazing Grace (Joan Szymko)