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I Am a Child of God (Piano Duet)

About the Song

Melody by Mildred Pettit (Copyright 1957 LDS); Arranged by Sally DeFord This duet is meant to be played expressively. If the players charge through it like a midi machine (or a typist on an old IBM Selectric, or a pair of draft horses…) it’s just not going to sound right. Give it some feeling!

One note: I know I’m going to get myself in trouble here, but too many players are unclear on where each line is to be played.  The top line of the primo is played an octave above treble clef.  The top line of the secondo is played an octave below treble clef.  The clefs on each staff reflect this, but to call attention to it, I’ve added a verbal note.  HOWEVER, if you read the clef correctly, and then apply the verbal direction … well, it will be a mess.  The instruction is there just to call attention to the hand placement, not to send the hands up or down an extra octave. 🙂

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Lyrics

I am a child of God
And He has sent me here
Has given me an earthly home
With parents kind and dear

Chorus:
Lead me, guide me, walk beside me
Help me find the way
Teach me all that I must do
To live with Him someday

I am a child of God
And so my needs are great
Help me to understand His words
Before it grows too late

(Repeat chorus)

I am a child of God
Rich blessings are in store
If I but learn to do His will
I’ll live with Him once more

(Repeat chorus)

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7 Comments

  1. Susan Russell

    Our choir has sung many of your pieces and I just love them! I always feel the spirit when I sing them and when I play them. Thank you so much for sharing your talent and touching the lives of others. I recently read a book called “The Zookeeper’s Secret: Finding Your Calling in Life.” I totally think you nailed your calling! (At least one of them!) You are awesome!

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  2. Kathryn Bosworth

    Is this for one pianoor two? it seems like there is a lot of hand overlap between the parts

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    • sallydeford

      If you find mistakes like that, I’d love to know where so they can be corrected. 🙂

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      • Raquel Merritt

        Does the top had play just in the top 2 octaves? While the lower part uses 3/4 of the piano? Just want to make sure I understand this. I am playing this with another sister in church in 6 weeks. Thanks!

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        • sallydeford

          The parts are played as noted. If you look at the clefs, you’ll see that the right hand of the Secondo is played an octave below treble clef. Since this doesn’t seem to be terribly evident, I’ve added a text notation to that effect. Good luck with it!

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  3. Kim Brinkerhoff

    Thank you for sharing your music.

    I love the piano duet “I Am a Child of God.”

    Please write more piano duets.

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    • Susan Russell

      I second the idea of more piano duets!!!!

      Reply

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