“Breathe on Me, Breath of God” was written by Edwin Hatch, a highly prestigious theological lecturer. The hymn was originally intended to be Edwin’s personal prayer; a reminder that though theological discourse is well and fine, the core message of the Bible – faith in God – is most important.
Breathe on Me, Breath of God
|Key:||C to Eb|
|Tempo:||116 | mid tempo|
Ideas:05.12.22 New recording, tracks, transposed chord charts and updated vocal/instrumental parts. This arrangement is definately piano driven, and sounds quite nice with just piano and strings, so I've included a simple vocal/piano/strings demo and tracks.
This arrangement originally was in the key of D (modulating to F on the final verse) but I lowered it now to C as it was more comfortable for the session singer. I think either C or D would work fine with your congregation.
This is only the second arrangement I've done that doesn't follow the hymnal melody exactly (the other is the contemporary version of "There Is Power in the Blood.") With Breathe on Me, Breath of God I felt that the first two phrases needed another measure. Maybe you do it like this anyway in your church. I've also made this version slightly more upbeat. Come to an end on Ab and start the intro to the praise chorus Breathe in Ab.
vocals / keys
SAB choir / keys PDFSAB choir / keys FINALE 3 part vocals PDF3 part vocals FINALE
3 part vocals / keys PDF3 part vocals / keys FINALE lead sheet PDFlead sheet FINALE
lead sheet / keys PDFlead sheet / keys FINALE
C instruments PDFC instruments FINALE
Bb instruments PDFBb instruments FINALE
saxophone PDFsaxophone FINALE
Db Eb Gb Ab Bb
C D E F G A B rhythm PDFrhythm FINALE
Chord charts are limited to basic keys
because this arrangement has a key change on the last verse.
A note from Don Chapman: I’ve been rendering hymncharts WAV multitracks at 48kHz but it appears the standard used by websites like multitracks.com is 44.1kHz, so this is the first multitrack that is rendered at 44.1kHz as a test. I assume whatever software you’re using for multitracks is automatically playing them correctly as I haven’t had any complaints, but email me if you find any problems with this multitrack or have any comments. (If you’re using MP3s you have nothing to worry about, this is for WAV files only.)