Introducing a new general anthem for 2016! Go Up! is a scripture song with some refreshing musical ideas. When the folks at Alfred/Jubilate first asked for a Scripture setting from Isaiah 40, I was intrigued–but nervous,too! There are many beautiful, meaningful textual strands in this chapter, but in some ways the ideas seem disparate. I was nervous about finding a way to make a cohesive piece of music out of them. But I’m a firm believer in the need for more Scripture songs, so I jumped in. I’m pleased with the results, and because the text covers a variety of topics and moods, the music does some interesting things. The main theme is syncopated and joyful, evoking hints of old spiritual style, while the contrasting sections are more lyrical and pastoral. When the main theme returns for the final time, there’s opportunity for a soulful solo. This anthem is scored for SATB choir and piano with optional S/T solo. It’s available now from Alfred Music/Jubilate Music. Listen below (I love the solo at the end!)
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Two new Easter anthems to tell you about! Consider these choral anthems for Easter and Holy Week. First, The Bitter Cup (SoundForth/Lorenz – click to listen) is a beautiful, somber anthem with a text by Duane Nichols that explores the breadth of emotions experienced by Christ and his followers as Christ drank the bitter cup of God’s wrath, suffered dreadful pain, and was laid in a somber tomb, all in our stead. The text then turns: “But sin could not defeat its foe, nor death retain its prey. Our Lord, the Living One, assumed his rightful seat; exalted to His Father’s side, redemption now complete.” This anthem is scored for SATB choir and piano, with optional cello and guitar, and it received Editors’ Choice from J.W. Pepper. It would work well for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, or as a part of a multi-anthem Easter Sunday. Listen, see a sample, and purchase here.
Second, Christ, the Lord, is Risen Today (Beckenhorst) is a fresh take on a classic Easter hymn. I’ve based this anthem on the traditional tune EASTER HYMN: the piece alternates between syncopated snippets of EASTER HYMN and newly composed phrases. Scored for SATB choir, keyboard, and trumpet solo, this anthem is a regal, festive addition to your Easter service. Click on the SoundCloud banner to listen. (This piece doesn’t appear on the publisher’s website quite yet, so for now, here’s the product page on J.W. Pepper.)
Just in time for Christmas, my new arrangement of “Sleep, Jesus, Sleep” is now available through Heart Publications! This tender Christmas lullaby is a beautiful addition to your church’s Christmas repertoire. The simple SATB voicing can be learned quickly, and the included parts for violin, bass, and guitar/harp add layers and depth to the piano accompaniment. The arrangement works well with choir as well as smaller groups. You can purchase the arrangement at Heart Publications’ website here, and see a score sample here.
Also, All Saints’ Church (Northampton, UK) is accepting pre-orders for their latest recording, Be Merry!, which will be released November 1. This recording includes my Still, Still, Still and is the first professional recording of the piece. I’m excited to hear it! This CD also includes settings by Forrest, Courtney, and Anglea, among others, and you can pre-order here.