Pie Jesu' is a piece for two-part children's choir with either piano or orchestral accompaniment. While the instrumentation obviously enhances the attractiveness of this composition, it stands alone well with keyboard accompaniment. The form is extremely simple in that the melody (with slight alteration) remains consistent throughout. The combination of both English and Latin text allows children as well as its translation. The cantabile melody and gentle syncopation are designed to need the artistic need sand natural proclivities of blossoming musicians. The range is relatively limited, phrasing is reasonable, and dynamic responsibilities are commensurate with vocal abilities of young people.
Voicing: Two-part with piano, flute, oboe (or clarinet), and optional strings
Composer: Robert H. McIver