Laas in New Haven, CT, Jan. 1918

At an estate sale, I came upon a bundle of handwritten scores. Hymns, on inspection -- signed by a Haden Laas. I took them home and learned them. Very little can be found on the author. The basic facts: Born August 22nd, 1899 in Kent, Connecticut; died April 21st, 1918 in France, during the Siege of Seicheprey. In between, the young man sketched hymns. There is no sign that they have been performed.

Each month, for forty-four months, I will release an arrangement of one of his pieces.

"Even I," written c. 1916 and released today, on the centennial of the start of World War I, is the first.

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Grant Valdes
New York, NY, July 28th, 2014

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version
Performance
arrangement
Audio
Even I Gen 1:3 "And God said, Let there be light; and there was light." even i original version even i performance arrangement even i first hearing
Pentecost Acts 2:4 "And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost..." pentecost original version pentecost performance arrangement pentecost first hearing
Our Sea of Trouble, Calm
Pss 107:29 "He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still." our sea of trouble original version our sea of trouble original version our sea of trouble first listen
Beatitudes               Matt 5 "Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy." beatitudes original version beatitudes performance arrangement beatitudes first hearing
Tributes of the Magi Matt 2   "'Go!  Make a careful search for the Child.'" beatitudes original version tributes of the magi original version tributes of the magi first listen
I Need a New Hymn! Journal, 10 March 1916 i need a new hymn original version i need a new hymn first listen
It Is a Narrow and Vertiginous Path Matt 7:13  "Enter ye in at the strait gate..." It Is a Narrow and Vertiginous Path original version It Is a Narrow and Vertiginous Path first listen
Devotedly Matt 6:6    "But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet..." Devotedly first listen
A Little Morning Crawl Letter home from Duff Cooper, August 1918 morning crawl original version Morning Crawl first listen
Father, Within Thy Will Gen 22 "Isaac spoke up and said to his father Abraham, 'Father?'"   Father with thy will first listen
Hasten Pss 70 "Hasten, O God, to save me."   Hasten original version Hasten first listen
Psalm 113 Pss 113 "Who is like the Lord our God, the one who sits enthroned..."     Psalm 113 first listen
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Provide the Moment
(of Completion)
Hymn No. 44. Where our story ends. provide the moment first listen