Too be honest DrZonka, I have never heard this hymn before, and frankly I am glad, because I can give you an honest review, without being biased in any one direction.
So lets take it to the bank yes?
First off, it's quite a diverse piece, definately, going from one batch of instruments to another, pretty well, so I will give you kudo's on being able to shift melodic and tonal qualities so well.
I wonder, if you had sped this song up a bit, if it would have been a bit more energetic, and driving. Especially that organ part. I could be wrong, just ideas.
Bells my good sir, why were there no bells?! When I hear organ, AND choir, if I don't hear bells I get agitated. The three belong together in one happy family.
On another note, I felt the choir was a tad too quiet.
The oboe opening was quite interesting, definately not an instrument I would normally consider using to usher in an organ, but it DID work in it's own way so nothing bad to say about that.
Good string work.
I'm glad you didn't use snares or kicks in this piece, timpini worked just fine. I wonder though, if maybe a triangle at keypoints... I think it would have made quite an interesting sound, but again it might jeapordize the song's feel.
Chords DrZonka, I am not hearing chords, I am hearing that string melody in the background, but if those strings were playing distinguishable chords, I think that the song would become much more powerful as it would feel more "full"
Thats all I have to say about this piece DrZonka, I would like you to listen to my song, I use a good amount of chords in that piece, if you listen to the background sounds, you will hear them, their role is not great, but they serve greatly to make the song more full and provides a great foundation for the song as well as enhance the melody I created them for.
Keep them coming DrZonka, impressive work here.