New Choral Works for Fall/Winter 2014
Date: August 27, 2014
Hi All! Here are five new choral works – anthems and hymn arrangements perfect for your Fall, Advent, and Christmas programs! Take a look at the scores, listen to the recordings, and let me know if you are interested in any of these works. I’d love to hear from you!
Best wishes for a wonderful Fall semester!
Wake, O My Soul
A carol-like anthem for the Advent and Christmas season – full of joy, awe, and reverence. Perfect for Christmas Eve or a special holiday program! The opening stanza reads, “Wake, O my soul, and hail the morn, for unto us a Savior’s born; see, how the angels wing their way, to usher in the glorious day!” See the score here.
For All His Blessings
This lyrical anthem quotes the text and music from the doxology – “Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost” – in a recurring refrain. D.W. Griffin’s text is general enough to be used at any point of the year, but it is especially fitting for Thanksgiving! The final stanza illustrates the richness of textual imagery: “O praise the Lord for all He’s done, for all His blessings, one by one, and see His goodness, mountains high, fill all the earth and sea and sky.“ See the score here.
An Hour of Hallowed Peace
Newly updated, this tender and hopeful piece works well for All Saints’ Day, Holy Week services, funerals and memorial services, and more. See the score and listen to a recording here.
Once In Royal David’s City
My own take on this classic Christmas hymn – true to the original with some of my own harmonies and an optional Soprano descant for the last verse. Use with organ accompaniment or organ and string quartet as a hymn arrangement with congregational singing or as a choral anthem. Would work well in any Advent or Christmas service! See the score here.
O Little Town of Bethlehem
A simple and serene setting of this well-known carol, with the tune FOREST GREEN. This work was written as a hymn arrangement to be used with congregational singing, but may also be used as a choral anthem. Perfect for a Lessons and Carols service! Use with organ accompaniment or organ and string quartet. An optional Soprano descant is included for the last verse. See the score here.