Have I Done Any Good in the World Today? - arr. by Betsy Lee Bailey
Words and Music by Will L. Thompson
The jaunty violin obligato below was added to give the piece added lilt. I think of how a fiddler among the pioneers played to lift their spirits and help make their work a pleasure.
About the Arrangement - One Sunday, the Conductor asked for testimonies from members of the congregation about how the hymns affected their lives. After the testimony, the featured hymn was sung. I was struck by the story of the new member who was introduced to the hymn, "Have I Done Any Good in the World Today." He said that in the Church, the members really lived by that motto and practiced doing good daily. So, of course I had to write this arrangement right away. I actually wrote it for SATB Mixed Chorus, and then adapted it for women's voices (SSAA), but the publisher had asked for an arrangement for SAB Chorus.