That Easter Morn

This is an SATB choir + violin & piano  arrangement of a lesser known Easter hymn in the LDS hymnal.  I like it a lot because it is in a minor key, but changes to major at the end.  I think that depicts the resurrection in a meaningful way.

In my arrangement, rather than waiting till the very end to change to major, I modulated after the second verse since I thought it matched the lyrics pretty well.  This is one of my cousin David’s favorite hymns, so I dedicated it to him.  Use the contact me page to request the solo violin part be changed to a different instrument.

Download Sheet Music here: That Easter Morn – Full Score

Download Violin part here: That Easter Morn – Violin

(Synthesized) MP3 here:

March 2015 Update:

After visiting my brother-in-law and his wife in Houston this past week, I had the wonderful opportunity to sing in their ward choir, led by a very accomplished Sister LeBlanc.  At her request, I updated the arrangement by including a French horn part in addition to the violin and piano.

Score here: That Easter Morn – Full Score 2015

Violin & French horn parts here: That Easter Morn – Parts 2015

MP3 here:

Music: Robert Cundick
Text: Marion D. Hanks
Arranged: Richard Tolbert
Created: May 2006
Duration: 00:02:16


1. That Easter morn, a grave that burst
Proclaimed to man that "Last and First"
Had ris'n again, And conquered pain.

2. This morn renews for us that day
When Jesus cast the bonds away,
Took living breath, And conquered death.

3. Thus we in gratitude recall
And give our love and pledge our all,
Shed grateful tear, And conquer fear.