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- April 1, 2014 at 5:56 pm #439473Catherine Campbell-NesbitParticipantI have accepted a last minute interim position and need an Easter anthem that can be learned quickly by a small choir. The church is Episcopal and the choir, rarely , if ever, sings contemporary music so something more classical, but easy enough to learn quickly, would be ideal. I might or might not have trumpet ( I’m hoping), but will have a cellist and possibly a student violinist. I would love to have some instrumentation.If anyone can help me out with suggestions, much appreciated. Public domain also preferable since I need to download a pdf by choir practice Wednesday evening the 2nd.Thank you,CatherineApril 1, 2014 at 9:04 pm #439483David BasdenParticipant
Nothing in particular comes to mind right now, but it might be worth having a look at the CPDL “Music for Easter” page. Good luck!April 2, 2014 at 12:47 am #439493Michael A. GrayParticipantCharles V. Stanford wrote some great last minute Easter music! Check out…O Sons and Daughters, Let us Sing (esp.)
When Mary thro’ the garden Went
Why seek ye the Living?
Ye Choirs of New JerusalemAt CPDL:April 2, 2014 at 1:24 am #439496Brigid CoultModeratorTalk them into taking a St James Music Press license – it will instantly give you a good variety of music downloadable at any time, searchable by season, voicing, instrumentation etc. A great resource!April 2, 2014 at 4:57 am #439567Chris HutchingsParticipantDear Catherine,You might find my short and easy introit “Crux Fidelis” useful – there’s a PDF here: http://www.hutchingsmusic.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/cruxfideliswatermarked.pdfand you can hear a recording at http://www.hutchingsmusic.co.uk/scores/choir-music-for-easter/
As you can hear, it’s definitely in the classical tradition, and quite simple to sing.It’s only 1 minute long, no accidentals or strange rhythms, and for SATB choir with no divisi. The vocal lines are very easy to sing and quick to learn – the tenor and bass parts have one slightly tricky jump each, the soprano and alto parts are easy. You could have the violin doubling the top part and the cello doubling the bottom part – probably best to leave the trumpet out though 🙁The PDF above is watermarked, but I’m happy for you to use the watermarked one for rehearsal, or if you can email me today I can send you a licensed PDF for the choir (cost is £10 or $17).Chris HutchingsApril 2, 2014 at 7:37 am #439574Derek TurnerParticipantPhilip Stopford’s “Christ the Lord is Risen Again”April 2, 2014 at 8:20 am #439578Lauren MelbergParticipantHave you looked at Small Choirs International yet? If you go on their website to the free music page, you can do a “CTRL + F” and type in Easter. There are a lot of pieces to choose from so I’m fairly certain you’ll be able to find something that works for you. Good luck!April 2, 2014 at 9:39 am #439587Matthew NorwoodParticipantThere are some nice Easter pieces by Charles Wood, although probably not with the instrumentation you are looking for:This Joyful Eastertide – This one is also in the ’82 hymnal, but in a lower key.O for a lay! – This is a pretty well-known hymn tune, although some of the rhythms were less familiar to me.Here’s one by Edward Bairstow:One I considered scheduling for my choir this year is a little-known piece by Samuel Colerdige-Taylor:The Lord is my strength – it seemed pretty accessible to me.Good luck!Matthew NorwoodDirector of MusicSt Michael and All Angels’ Episcopal ChurchDenver, COApril 2, 2014 at 10:31 am #439593Nathan ReichParticipantWilliam Billings’ “Easter Anthem/The Lord is Risen Indeed”You might have your cellist and/or violinist double the bass and soprano parts, or play before, between, and after passages of the anthem based on the musical material.Good luck!April 2, 2014 at 10:51 am #439598Melinda BargreenParticipantThe most beautiful, appropriate, easily obtainable, and singable Easter anthem is, in my opinion, Mozart’s Ave Verum Corpus. You won’t need trumpets.April 3, 2014 at 8:06 am #439667Robert RossParticipantIf you’re still looking, my Hymn-Anthem “Because You Live, O Christ” might be just the ticket: it’s SATB but verses can be sung in unison or unison sections & requires only organ, but violin & cello can easily be added. Contact me privately for materials!Robert A.M. RossChair, Music Dept., Community College of PhiladelphiaSoundcloud.com: <Robert Ross 11>April 4, 2014 at 9:01 am #439773Thomas Clark-JonesParticipantDavid Halls’ “Easter Anthem” is a nice piece … easy to deal with and published by Paraclete Press. They can overnight it to you. Also if you have some brass, “Christ the Lord has Triumphed Over Death” by Raymond Weidner. Also Paraclete.April 4, 2014 at 1:46 pm #439824Catherine Campbell-NesbitParticipantDear Fellow Choral Conductors,Just want to say thanks to everyone for great responses. I have decided on Phillip Stopford’s Christ the Lord is Risen Again and Chris Hutchings Crux Fidelis and already have music to both via overnight and paypal!All of these suggestions are great and will use them in the future.Catherine NesbitApril 5, 2014 at 9:35 am #439875James GreenParticipantAnd there is always John Stainer’s “God So Loved the World”, published separately as well as in the oratorio, The Crucifixtion.April 6, 2014 at 6:09 pm #439920
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