Be it resolved: the right tempo of Hillert “Festival Canticle”
Lutherans have, I believe, sung this one to death since the late 1970s. It’s interesting to observe the various tempi used, though - some places are literally twice as fast as others are.
Here is what I think is a very nice tempo for this (IMO) very majestic-sounding song:
(I have heard it sung almost twice as fast!)
I do know the conductor of the recording (J. Michael Thompson), and I would be surprised if he did not confer with Hillert on tempos, especially since it comes from an anthology recording of Hillert’s works.