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- February 19, 2011 at 10:20 am #278826Nigel WilliamsParticipantThe classic text is “O Nata Lux”, which several composers have set. Thomas Tallis may be the best known, but his setting is in five parts.Nigel.February 19, 2011 at 2:23 pm #278811Catherine Campbell-NesbitParticipantI need an anthem that I can access on line ( and don’t have to order) for Transfiguration Sunday. I only have one rehearsal to practice it so it should be relatively easy and accessible for an all volunteer choir. Church really leans toward contemporary music but we do traditional music at least half the time. If anyone has a few ideas or links for me, I would really appreciate the help!Thanks,Catherine NesbitFebruary 19, 2011 at 11:58 pm #278853Lisa MischkeParticipantThere’s a contemporary piece, “Shine, Jesus, Shine.”LisaFebruary 20, 2011 at 9:46 am #278881Thomas H. ShellenbergerParticipantHello:I just started as an interim choir director (two weeks ago) at a Methodist Church and have been very busy trying to find relatively easy, yet challenging, pieces for now through Lent and Easter. It isn’t easy. The Methodist W & M Planner has given me a ton of ideas. What I’m about to suggest is usually reserved for Pentecost…but one of the suggested hymns for Transfiguration Sunday is “Ev’ry Time I Feel the Spirit”. So…based on the Methodist Hymnal I did a bit of 4-part arranging of this hymn/spiritual (#404) and we have a very pleasing and energetic anthem that the choir loves…and sings well after just one rehearsal! Even without a touchup, the hymn as it stands is great for that Sunday. Hymns are a great resource for choral material, especially if rehearsal time is a factor. Good Luck!tFebruary 21, 2011 at 1:13 pm #278946Christopher HohParticipantThomas — I feel your pain when it comes to easier but worthwhile anthems! Maybe you’d find this collection helpful: Rejoice & Sing: Nine SAB Anthems. These are pieces I wrote with real accompaniments and real choir parts, but keeping the demands on the singers within bounds. There are a few with instruments or children or piano, but most are SAB & organ. “Trees” is for Good Friday. “Good Christian Friends, Rejoice and Sing” is for Easter. “Light of the Minds That Know Him” and “Our Father, Who In Heaven Art” work all year, including Lent. All of these are SAB & organ, although there are brass parts for “Good Christian Friends.” For Palm Sunday, “Behold, Behold Your King” is children/trebles (or extra sopranos), SAB and piano. At the above link, you can see a score for all, plus text and instrumental parts — 80-some pages of music. Each piece has an individual webpage (click on its title to go there) where you can hear a performance, see ranges, etc. I hope you find something useful and you might consider the whole collection, which is a bargain. Good luck,chrisChristopher J. HohFebruary 25, 2011 at 6:36 pm #279323Joyce KeilParticipantThe Glory of the Father by Hovland is fantastic, mystical and not toooo hard.February 26, 2011 at 11:57 am #279355Ronald Richard DuquetteParticipantCatherine – GIA (Gregorian Institute of America – website http://www.giamusic.com) has at least one piece – “Song of the Transfiguration” (G-5664) which is based on the hymn tune PICARDY (“Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence”) which is SATB and, because it’s fundamentally in canon, is easy enough. This is, surprisingly, from their Celebration Series.Ron DuquetteFt. Belvoir Catholic Community, VAFebruary 27, 2011 at 12:12 pm #279436Elizabeth NorfreyMemberTry “Above All Praise and All Majesty” by Mendelssohn. It was originally for double choir but I found an SATB version in the Oxford Easy Anthem Book. A lot of Mendelssohn music is available on line for free.Another accessible free piece is the Alleluia Canon (3 parts) by William Boyce. It’s festive with lots of Alleluias before Lent. I believe I found that on cpdl.org.Hope this helps!Elizabeth NorfreyFebruary 28, 2011 at 11:02 am #279501Ronald Richard DuquetteParticipantThis is in reply to Elizabeth’s post: Transfiguration Sunday is the Second Sunday of Lent – at least in Catholic churches, “alleluia” is thus NOT appropriate. I can’t speak to other denominations’ views of the use of a spoken or sung “alleluias” – but be careful!Ron DuquetteFt. BelvoirMarch 7, 2011 at 1:00 pm #280123Estelle ColeParticipantTransfiguration by Joel MartinsonTransfiguration is an original hymn tune that won first place in a hymn search by the Hymn Society of America in July of 1992. This new setting of Carl P. Daw Jr.’s text describes the Transfiguration of the Lord and is a prayer that “our daily lives may prove us people of the God we bless.” Mr. Martinson has written two unison verses with organ accompaniment and concludes with a descant on the third and final verse. Although written for the Feast of the Transfiguration, this lyric new hymn tune is appropriate for general use throughout the church year. (The last page may be photocopied to include congregational singing.)March 9, 2011 at 10:43 pm #280298Julie FordParticipantI cannot comment on Roman Catholic practices, having not had experience in that church body; but at least in Episcopal, Lutheran, and many other mainline “protestant’ churches the Transfiguration is celebrated on the last Sunday before Lent begins. it is also a baptismal feast that falls (usually) in August.Julie Ford
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