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Religious themes: St. Francis of Assisi

Dear Colleagues,
I am so grateful to all who responded to my request for music related to St.
Francis of Assisi. Herewith is the compilation of suggestions. Many thanks.
Jane Penfield

Glenn McClure's St. Francis in the Americas-A Carribean Mass-for SATB Choir,
soloists and Steel Drum band is fantastic.

Mass settings and movements based on the writings of St. Francis.
St Olaf Choir has done a movement of it (Kyrie).
Very effective piece.

Glenn's website is You can order a cd there.
Note: Agnus dei only available from Earthsongs.

Oceanna Music publishes: "Make Me an Instrument" for SATB and piano by
Stella terHart. There is a manuscript sample and sound clip on our website: (click on 'music store' - choral music - SATB). We'd also
be happy to send you a PDF sample if you like.
Oceanna Music Publications [oceannamusic(a)]

All Creatures of Our God and King
Noel Goemanne
John Rutter
Julian Wachner
Prayer of St. Francis
Ron Nelson
Lord, Make Me an Instrument
Paul Basler
Allen Pote
ImantRaminsh - SSA
John Rutter
Timothy Snyder
Heinz Zimmermann
The Prayer of St. Francis
Rene Clausen for SATB w. piano, published through Mark Foster.
The Canticle of the Sun
Amy Beach

All are SATB except the one indicated.

Barrie Cabena (Canadian composer) Prayer of St. Francis. a cappella
published by Gordon V. Thompson.

The Schola Cantorum of St. Peter's in the Loop made a compact disc entitled:
"In Honor of Francis: Music for the Little Poor Man of Assisi," which is
published by The Liturgical Press, Collegeville, Minnesota.


1. Lauda for St. Francis (medieval Franciscan lauda)
2. Est Dies Trophei (Alessandro Scarlatti)
3. Beatus Franciscus (J. de Aliseda)
4. Song of the Sun (Carl Orff)
5. This Was Your Way of Life, O Francis (Bart Bradfield)
6. Totus Amor Tuus, O Francisce (Robertus Rosso, OFM)
7. Four Little Prayers of St. Francis (Francois Poulenc)
8. hymn: Angels and Ministers (tune Slane; arr. Paul Nicholson)
9. cantata: The Place of the Blest (Randall Thompson)
10. hymn: All Creatures of our God and King (tune Lasst uns erfreuen, arr.

You can obtain the recording by going to

There is a composer who has written a cantata about St. Francis of
Assisi. His name is Fr. Robert Hutmacher, OFM. He is living at St.
Peter in the Loop in Chicago, Illinois. The website for St. Peter's is

Jim Priovolos jpriovo(a)
I did a setting of "Lord Make Me An Instrument of Thy Peace," and there are
lots of others I am sure. There's also the "Brother Sun Sister Moon"
soundtrack music.

"A Song of St Francis" by Michael Hurd, unaccompanied SSA with alto solo, c.
1985, Novello & Company Ltd., catalogue number: NOV. 29 0560; distributed by
Music Sales Limited, Newmarked Road, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk (England)
IP33 3YB.
It is fairly short, 59 measures.

Schaffner Publishing has one coming out for next season by Carol Barnett
called Laudato si, mi signore. It runs about 12 minutes, I think, and is a
most interesting a cappella work.

There is another work by Nick Strimple called Franciscan Canticles,
obtainable from ECS Publishing in Boston (I can't remember whether it is a
Highgate or Galaxy publication, either way ECS has it.

The Peaceable Kingdom – Randall Thompson (thematically related)

I highly recommend Walton's setting of "Cantico del Sole" - Oxford
University Press

Another suggestion:
You may wish to search for "Author of text" St.
Francis of Assisi in musica database (

One of Selah's most popular anthems is K. Lee Scott's "Servants of Peace," a
pdf of which may be downloaded at:

Also, Selah is publishing this summer a setting for double chorus by Alice
Parker of "Lord, Make Me an Instrument of Your Peace."

Bob Chilcott “Peace Mass” - Oxford University Press- Upper voices and
organ – S651

"Lord, Make Me an Instrument" by David Stanley York.

There is a set of songs for a cappella men's chorus by Poulenc, Quatre
petites prières de Saint François d'Assise. They are all short, two of them
very short, with a few spots of tonal shifting that will take a little work,
but still, very nice overall.

There are wonderful settings of "The Prayer of St. Francis" and fragments of
it: Try Andrew Carter, John Rutter, for instance.

Jane Penfield
Executive Director

on January 4, 2007 10:00pm
Another nice setting which is not overly challenging is by Mary McDonald. Suitable for church or high school.