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Composition Spotlight: The Lord's Prayer

(Each week we look at a piece of useful repertoire from the ChoralNet Community Composition Showcase.  A variety of voicings and levels of difficulty will be presented.  Enjoy!)
The Lord's Prayer by Dustin Oldenburg SATB a cappella (click for PDF and AUDIO)
Level: High School or higher
Uses: Sacred, General Concert Use
Program Themes: Songs of Power and Peace
This Piece Would Program Well With:  Prayer by René Clausen  available from JWPepper and Sheet Music Plus.
This week, just to be different, I offer you a choral director's puzzle.  Listen to the impeccable tuning and blend of the recording of Dustin Oldenburg’s The Lords Prayer and comment with your questions or observations.  Of course the savvy ChoralNet user could find the answer right on this site. 
For some of us directors of a certain age, the Internet is still a mysterious and magical place. There are times that I forget I have the power of Google at my fingertips.  Sometimes I am struck by the amazing things I learn or discover from simply spending time clicking on things.  I encourage ChoralNet users that were born before the Internet not to be content getting ChoralNet in your email.  Come to and read ChoralBlog and ChoralBuzz, join Communities that interest you, take the first step and leave a comment or post a question in the forums.  ChoralNet is a microcosm of the Internet rolled up in a friendly supportive package. 
I apologize to Dustin for not writing more about his beautiful piece but researching it led me to a site you all might want to click on called ChoralTracks.  To see Dustin Oldenburg's The Lord's Prayer on ChoralTracks click here.
The Lords Prayer is available from the composer's website.
(Original publication: February 10, 2013)
on February 10, 2013 8:05am

I have composed a sweet, new hymn-like melody for the Lord’s Prayer.

Portions of a performance arranged for three-parts (S-A combined, T, and B) sung by the State University at New York at Fredonia Choir can be sampled at the following link:

Scores for this arrangement and also an SATB arrangement are available. I also have an arrangement for solo voice and keyboard accompaniment.

All arrangements are easily sung.

I believe you will know in a few measures whether this melodic setting of The Lord’s Prayer is of interest to you.

If you would like to hear the whole performance, or if you would like to purchase a score, please let me know via e-mail.

Thank you for your kind attention.

Robert Ashford




on February 11, 2013 8:24am
Thank you, Jack!  What an honor.  
Enjoy the piece and please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions that you might have!