In Celebration of the Human Voice - The Essential Musical Instrument
As one of the most important times in the Christian calander there is a rich tradition of music for Easter including for Ash Wednesday and Lent, Passiontide, Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday. We offer here a selection of arrangements which celebrate this special period.
Songbooks and Collections
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Alan Wilson : Carols Old and New - Easter
Volume IV of Seasonal Carols Old & New is an exciting new venture into previously unexplored territory. Apart from a small number of Easter carols, there has been little music available for festivals other than Christmas. In Seasonal Carols Volume IV all the main seasons are represented, and in addition festivals such as Corpus Christi, Candlemas, The Transfiguration of Saints' Days receive timely attention. As a complete contrast and in a secular vein, a new rustic mixedvoice arrangement of King Henry VIII's "Pastime With Good Company" has been added. This volume is intended to give churches, schools and colleges a wide selection of material that will help to add a richer feeling to a liturgically - based Christian year.
Songlist: A Lenten Prayer , A Carol for Lent, A Song for Holy Week, Christ the Lord is Risen, Easter Day, Christ ist erstanden, Water from the Wells of Salvation, In this sign conquer, I am with you - Yes to the end of time, Spirit of God, A Whitsun Hymn, Be present, Holy Trinity, By day and night they sing, Taste and See, Alleluia, Sing to Jesus, The Old Man's King, O Lord of Hosts, All Heaven Possessing, Saints Alive, A Carol to Mary, Carol for Peace (Kum ba Yah), A Carol for Unity (Peace Depends on Unity), Pastime with Good Company
James MacMillan : Tenebrae Responsories
A powerful setting for 8-part choir of three of the Good Friday responses at matins: "Tenebrae factae sunt," "Tradiderunt me" and "Iesum tradidit impius." Commissioned by Cappella Nova and recorded by them on Linn Records. 20 minutes.
Songlist: Tenebrae factae sunt, Tradiderunt me, Iesum tradidit impius
Lajos Bardos : Music for Christmas and Easter
This volume contains works for mixed voices pertaining to Christmas and the Easter season.
Songlist: Adjunk halat immar (Graces soient rendues), Adorna thalamum (Ekitsd fel templomod), Karacsonyi bolcsodal, Karacsonyi kirie, Mennybol az angyal, Napkeleti kiralyok, Nosza, lelkem!, O gloriosa virginum, O Jesule, Sancta parens, Szep kelet, szep nap! (ejev), A keresztfahoz megyek, Alleluja! orvendezzunk, Ascendit Christus, Bunbanoknak menedeke, Bunos lelek, En nemzetem (Popule meus), Fiam, Jezus, Golgotadon latunk, Ingrediente Domino (Viragvasarnap), Keresztenyek, sirjatok, Kiralyi zaszlo jar elol (Vexilla regis prodeunt) , Krisztus, viragunk (A), Krisztus, viragunk (B) , O Jezus, Jezus (O languens Jesu) , O languens Jesu , Orvendetes napunk tamadt , Popule meus, Surrexit Christus, Szent kereszted unnepere, and more
Lionel Dakers / John Scott (Edited by) : Ash Wednesday to Easter for Choirs
This collection aims to provide a comprehensive survey of a highly significant part of the Christian Year: Ash Wednesday and Lent, Passiontide, Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter. Its contents span all musical periods of what is a marvellously rich area of church music and it contains much that is not widely available elsewhere under one cover. Ash Wednesday to Easter for Choirs includes a number of less familiar works together with new or recent arrangements of well-known tunes, such as Philip Ledger's 'This joyful Eastertide', Simon Lindley's 'Now the green blade riseth', and Bob Chilcott's setting of 'Were you there?'. Some of the anthems, for example Richard Shephard's 'Sing, my tongue' and Grayston Ives' 'Ride on', have been newly commissioned specifically for this collection, thus filling certain gaps. Wherever possible new practical performing editions of 16th-century repertoire have been prepared, reflecting current scholarship and including an English singing translation and, where, the original had none, a dynamic scheme. Such dynamics are the editors' suggestions only and may be freely ignored or adapted. Note values have in some instances been halved. Unaccompanied items include keyboard reductions for rehearsal.
Songlist: Lent Prose, Civitas sancti tui (Bow tine ear, O Lord), Lord, for thy tender mercy's sake, The Litany (BCP), The Litany (ASB), Peccantem me quotidie, Agnus Dei, Like as the Hart, Drop, drop, slow tears, Wash me throughly, Christus factus est, The Lamentation, Jesu, grant me this I pray, God so loved the world, Ecce quomodo moritur justus, Adoramus te, Christe, God so loved the world, The Feast of Palms, Hosianna dem Sohne Davids, Hosianna to the Son of David, Ride on, Ingrediente Domino, Pueri Hebraeorum, In the heart where love is abiding, Pange lingua / Of the glorious Body telling, Tantum ergo, Ave verum corpus, A new commandment, Sing, my tongue, In the departure of the Lord, and more
Robert Shaw / Alice Parker : Easter Carol Collection
Taken from the first arrangements on which Robert Shaw and Alice Parker collaborated, these titles were selected from hundreds of familiar and forgotten works for their musical and poetic excellence. The arrangements were made as simple as possible in order to let the words shine through the choral tone and texture while achieving variety from changes in voicing in a constant effort to reflect the most subtle articulations of the text. The earliest song in this collection is the ancient chant "Christ the Lord Hath Risen." Other familiar hymns come from the sacred tradition: "The Strife is O'er," and "O Sons and Daughters." The re-telling of the Easter story, and the joy of the Easter season, should shine forth through the singing of these songs. Listen, re-enact and give voice to the central mystery, in order that all who hear may join the celebration.
Songlist: This Joyful Eastertide, Christ The Lord Hath Risen, Hilariter, Lord Christ, When First Thou Cam'st To Men, Love Is Come Again, O Sons And Daughters, On Easter's Morn, The Strife Is O're, Easter Eggs
Various Arrangers : Easter Songs
Who needs the piano when the voices sound this good on their own? Joseph Graham and David Angerman provide a real winner with this unique approach to the Easter celebration. The highly animated original gospel tune "Hear The Music! Jesus Is A-Risen!" makes use of the traditional spiritual My Lord, What a Morning! but turns the text a bit to make it ideal for Easter acclamations. Here is a classic approach to the quintessential Christ the King anthem "Crown Him With Many Crowns". An a cappella section and verse with descant color this anthem for a spectacular presentation. There are lots of options with this ideal opener or congregational participation number. Written in Haitian "rara" style, Alelouya by Emile Desamours captures the celebratory nature of this musical style in an exuberant anthem proclaiming Christ's resurrection. Sung a cappella in the Haitian Creole dialect with finger snaps and tongue clicks, the joy and ecstasy of Easter overflow. For choirs that may find the Haitian text a bit too challenging, Alelouya will also be very effective performed using the English text. This is a truly electric piece! The useful collection of a cappella benedictions "Three Linten Benedictions" from David Angerman and Barbara Furman is especially designed for use during Holy Week and Lenten services. There is not much service music devoted to this important time and this needful trio will be helpful indeed. The organ may quietly play with the singers for ease of performance. Introspective. The vigorous vocal fugue, sung a cappella, would make a dynamic worship opener for Easter. Written in classical style, the opening vocal lines imitate a trumpet fanfare. Descriptive text and evolving layers of color and texture make this fresh resurrection anthem a true delight. The title says it all... "Easter Song of Triumph".
Songlist: Hear The Music! Jesus Is A-Risen!, Crown Him With Many Crowns, King Jesus Is Arisen!, Alelouya, Three Linten Benedictions, Tenebrae, Easter Song Of Triumph
Various Arrangers : Songs for Easter
'Choral Sentences for Holy Week and Easter' includes four "choral pictures" suitable as introits or short anthems. Palm Sunday- patient, plodding donkey carrying Jesus into Jerusalem; Maundy Thursday-prayerful petition; Good- plaintive melody with mournful accompaniment; Easter- women trudging to the tomb only to discover that Christ has risen! Based on PETERSFIELD (Harmonia Sacra, 1832), 'Savior, Prince of Israel's Race' has open harmonies with Sopranos and Tenors singing melody, reflectin early American compositional/singing style. The premise of 'Mary Wept' shows the strength of Mary in the adversity she suffered on Good Friday. Smith's 'Easter,' an arrangement of Ralph Vaughan Wiliam's composition, is a quiet and sensitive Easter anthem. Crisafulli's 'Come Away to the Skies' is a beautiful piece. Each stanza has a different setting. Useful throughout Easter season! "A" sections of 'I Am the Resurrection' feature rhythmic repetition of title. Reflective "B" section includes homophonic and polyphonic writing of Christ's promise: "Whoever lives and believes in me will never die."
Songlist: Choral Sentences for Holy Week and Easter, Savior, Prince of Israel's Race, Mary Wept, Easter, Come Away to the Skies, I Am the Resurrection
Various Arrangers : Songs for Lent
'Jesus Died On Calvary's Mountain' is a plaintive American folk-tune. It has a poignant 3-stanza setting with different vocal texture for each stanza. 'A Nobler Life' is a straight-forward chorale style setting combining two Thomas Kingo texts. 'Lord, Who Throughout These Forty Days' is an easily remembered new "American" tune. The melody is shared by men and women's voices in alternating stanzas of this Lenten anthem. Comfortably performable by a small or larger choir with optional solo. Written for the National Lutheran Choir, 'A Lenton Meditation' is a simple, yet lovely treatment of the familiar Johann Heermann hymn. The piece begins with the fourth stanza (For me, kind Jesus?) which quickly brings the listener to the heart of this beautiful text. The change in stanza sequence has a powerful affect in giving a meaningful new interpretation of this hymn.
Songlist: Jesus Died on Calvary's Mountain, Nobler Life, A, Lord, Who Throughout These Forty Days, Lenten Meditation, A (Ah, Holy Jesus)
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Uses: Easter, Eastertide Scripture: Matthew 28:1-10; John 20:1-10 Alive with vibrant praise, this acclamation of life is a festive flourish for Easter Sunday. The rhythmic theme is punctuated by a message of confidence and unbounded joy, and the majestic brass and timpani and sparkling handbell parts will lift this invigorating anthem to the skies. Glorious! Score and Parts (tpt 1-2, tbn 1-2, tmp) available as a digital download. A separate handbell part (3 octaves, 34 bells) also available as a digital download.
Composer: Victor C. Johnson
Uses: Easter Scripture: Luke 24:2-3; Acts 4:33; I Peter 1:3 Teeming with gospel goodness, this unaccompanied gem is a charming change for Resurrection Sunday. The infectious call and response format causes this toe-tapper to be a positive sonic alternative to the brassy shimmer of traditional Easter offerings. Modest ranges with much repetition make this an easy learn, and optional cued notes and some reserved vocal splits will allow for larger groups to really shine!
Composer: Brad Nix
Uses: Easter, Eastertide Scripture: Matthew 28:1-10; Luke 24:1-12 Based on a theme from Mozart, this animated anthem for Easter is ideal for choirs looking for an elegant traditional opener. Well-crafted part-writing enables quick learning, and the festive canonic finale offers and impressive moment for the celebration of the resurrection. Joyous!
Arranger: Patrick Liebergen | Composer: W.A. Mozart
Uses: General, Easter, Eastertide, Youth Choir, Praise Team, Blended Worship Scripture: Matthew 28:1-8; Mark 16: 1-8; Luke 24:1-9 Now available for SAB! Here's a great crossover piece that will appeal to many different worship styles! Two giants of the contemporary worship scene, Paul Baloche and Graham Kendrick, join together on this exciting resurrection proclamation. Primal in its power, this simple statement of faith captures the moment of that most glorious morning. Unforgettable! Score and Parts (rhythm, vn 1-2, va, vc, db) available as a digital download.
Arranger: Marty Hamby | Composer: Paul Baloche | Performed By: Paul Baloche
Uses: Holy Week, Lent, Maundy Thursday Scripture: Mark 14:32 Set with artistry and refinement, this classic Lenten hymn is caressed with expressive elegance in this impressionistic arrangement. A spotlight piano accompaniment supports the emotive direction of the piece and weaves a winsome atmosphere that effectively holds this time-honored poem. Moving!
Arranger: John Purifoy | Composer: Peter C. Lutkin
Michael W. Smith's powerful praise anthem is now available in a stirring choral arrangement by Mark Brymer. The optional narrative makes this anthem usable for Easter or any other Sunday of the church year. Instrumental ePak includes score and parts for Flute 1, 2, Oboe, Bb Clarinet 1, 2, Bass Clarinet, F Horn 1, 2, 3, Bb Trumpet 1, 2, 3, Trombone 1, 2, Bass Trombone, Timpani, Percussion, Violin 1, 2, Viola, Cello, String Bass, Guitar, Bass and Drums. ChoirTrax CD also available. Performance Time: Approx. 5:05
Arranger: Mark Brymer | Composer: Paul Baloche | Performed By: Paul Baloche
There is an effervescent spirit to this new spiritual from David Lantz and John Parker. The Easter event will erupt with unbounded joy as the rhythmic energy of this well-crafted gospel piece echoes through the hearts of the choir. This will become a favorite!
Composer: John Parker
This vigorous vocal fugue, sung a cappella, would make a dynamic worship opener for Easter. Written in classical style, the opening vocal lines imitate a trumpet fanfare. Descriptive text and evolving layers of color and texture make this fresh resurrection anthem a true delight. The title says it all... Easter Song of Triumph.
Composer: Austin C. Lovelace
"Wake up, world! Hear the wonderful story..." What a happy, spirited anthem! This contemporary spiritual from the team of Nancy Price and Don Besig is an a cappella offering for your Easter service. Easily learned, the joyful refrain could even be taught to the congregation. Refreshing and memorable, Hallelujah, Sing with Glory! is positively a song of great joy!
Composer: Nancy Price / Don Besig
Who needs the piano when the voices sound this good on their own? Joseph Graham and David Angerman provide a real winner with this unique approach to the Easter celebration. This highly animated original gospel tune makes use of the traditional spiritual My Lord, What a Morning! but turns the text a bit to make it ideal for Easter acclamations.
Composer: Joseph Graham/David Angerman
Already a classic worship song of our generation, I Will Rise is effectively paired here with Darlene Zschech's Worthy Is the Lamb for a powerful presentation on Easter or any service of high praise. This is a Harold Ross arrangement you can't miss. Available separately: SATB, ChoirTrax CD. Score and parts (tpt 1-3, tbn 1-2, tbn3/tba, rhythm, vn 1-2, va, vc, db) available as a CD-ROM and as a digital download. Duration: ca. 5:55.
Arranger: Harold Ross | Composer: Darlene Zschech | Performed By: Darlene Zschech
Uses: General, Eastertide Scripture: I Peter 1:3 Like a Celtic folk dance, this contemporary composition lilts from the page and into the heart. Immediately engaging, this melody connects with the words, beautifully presenting a praise-worthy testament of worship. Accessible vocal writing sounds great with smaller ensembles, while bigger groups will enjoy performing this festive number with the optional Celtic consort orchestration. Score and Parts (ac gtr, mndln, b, dm, pnywhst/fl, fdl/vn) available as a digital download.
Arranger: James Koerts | Composer: Michael Farren
An original rousing spiritual from Rollo Dilworth that proclaims the power of Christ's resurrection to save us all. Full of rhythmic drive, yet accessible, with an effective vocal stack-up before the final verse. This anthem may be used for Easter, Eastertide or Ascension Sunday (Jesus went up to Glory where He reigns). Performance Time: Approx. 3:10
Composer: Rollo Dilworth
Reuben Morgan's popular praise song is put into stellar choral form by Marty Parks. Appropriate for the Easter season or any time of year in celebration of the Redeemer. Available separately: SATB, ChoirTrax CD. Score and parts (tpt 1-3, hn 1-2, tbn 1-3, perc, rhythm) available as a digital download. Duration: ca. 3:35.
Arranger: Marty Parks | Composer: Reuben Morgan | Performed By: Reuben Morgan
From the composer of the prize-winning, very successful The Darkest Midnight in December, here is a new offering from organist and church musician Stephen Main, this one for your Easter concert! School, church choirs and community choirs will love this exciting celebration. If leaving out the opening SSA soli, this work may be performed at other times as well. The powerful setting is sung in English, with impressive organ, brass and timpani accompaniment. Available separately: SATB divisi, Instrumental Parts (tpt 1-2, tbn 1-2, timp). Duration: ca. 5:25.
Composer: Stephen Main
Uses: Easter, Eastertide, Spiritual Scripture: Matthew 28:5-10; Mark 16:9 Set in a joyful gospel style, this a cappella wonder is a spirited addition to the Easter repertory. Syncopated rhythms punctuate a message of confident hope. A contrasting middle section features the beloved spiritual My Lord, What a Morning and brings a taste of the familiar to this unaccompanied winner! Duration: ca. 2:19.
Arranger: Vicki Tucker Courtney | Composer: Joseph Graham
An original gospel spiritual for Easter from Rollo Dilworth paired with Christ the Lord Is Risen Today. The percussive piano accompaniment and rhythm section make this anthem dance with joy. Put a smile on everyone's face Easter morning with this exuberantly high-energy anthem! Performance Time: Approx. 4:05.Available separately: SATB, ChoirTrax CD and Instrumental ePak (Parts for Guitar, Bass and Drums)
Composer: Rollo Dilworth
Based on Chris Tomlin's worship song We Fall Down, arranger John Purifoy has created a moving and heartfelt anthem. Paired with the traditional hymn Crown Him with Many Crowns, this work may be used during the Easter season, or throughout the church year.Available separately: SATB, SAB, Instrumental ePak and ChoirTrax CD. Duration: ca. 3:40.
Arranger: John Purifoy
Based on the Chris Tomlin's worship song We Fall Down, arranger John Purifoy has created a moving and heartfelt anthem. Paired with the traditional hymn Crown Him with Many Crowns, this work may be used during the Easter season, or throughout the church year.Available separately: SATB, SAB, Instrumental ePak and ChoirTrax CD. Duration: ca. 3:40.
Arranger: John Purifoy
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