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new anthems for Easter

10_5049SFTwo 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.)

 
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Posted by on October 27, 2015 in new publications

 

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two new publications and a trip to ACDA

I’m excited to have two arrangements coming out in the upcoming choral season. First, SoundForth/Lorenz is publishing “Grace Alone,” my simple arrangement of the song by Scott Wesley Brown and Jeff Nelson. This arrangement was slated to come out last season but was held up due to licensing. Here’s hoping it makes this season as expected… Personal friends might recognize this arrangement: it began as a duet setting that my wife Jennifer and I sang at our wedding. The arrangement is dedicated to her. I love you, honey!

Second, Alfred Sacred is publishing my arrangement of a Christmas piece, “Welcome to our World,” for SATB choir, with optional children’s choir, child soloist, and congregation. The arrangement includes the beloved carol “Silent Night” as well. This was the first time I’ve taken an assignment from a publisher, and due to winter travel and weather I ended up with a pretty short deadline. I’m glad for the opportunity, and I really like the piece as it turned out. I hope you will, also! I’ll update the site with audio and links once they turn up online.

Lastly, Jen and I are thrilled to be traveling to the ACDA Southern Division Conference in Jacksonville, FL, where we’ll be performing with Rivertree Singers. The group is honored to be one of only two choirs in South Carolina accepted to perform. We’re excited to present newly published works by Peter Anglea (his Jubilate Deo) and John F. Hudson (his powerful Newtown Psalm), as well as one of Dan Forrest’s American folk song settings. You can watch a video of one piece from that program below (the Kyrie from Tomas Luis Victoria’s missa pro defunctis), and here’s a link to our program. For any friends at the conference, we’ll be performing in the 3:30pm Friday block. I’ll also be wandering around the exhibit space at some point, where I hope to meet face-to-face some publishers with whom I’ve only yet had electronic contact :-).

That’s it for now. I’ll post again when content is available for the two new pieces.

 
 

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New piano solo: Come Thou, Almighty King

70_1879SFMy first published piano solo, “Come Thou, Almighty King,” is in this new collection from SoundForth, All Praise and Glory. The collection was complied by Molly Ijames, and it has been named an Editors’ Choice collection by J.W. Pepper. That retailer describes this collection as a “fresh compilation . . . that you’ll want to keep in your bench all year round!” Head over to the Lorenz website to see samples of some of the pieces (unfortunately the viewable sample doesn’t include mine).

 
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Posted by on October 29, 2013 in new publications

 

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