Christ the Lord is Ris’n Today


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Getting ready for Easter yet? It will be on us before you know it. I’m participating in a concert of Messiah, which, contrary to popularly belief, is not merely a Christmas piece. Only one section of it has to do with the Nativity. But I digress…

Today, I have a favorite Easter hymn, arranged to a different, but similar tune called “Praise the Lord, His Glories Show”. I have arranged it for both a high solo voice and a simple SATB arrangement.

Christ the Lord Is Risen Today (solo)

Christ the Lord is Risen Today (Choir)


The First Songs of Christmas and Other Gifts

I know it’s only September, but I get started on Christmas music early so people have time to prepare it before the holidays get in full swing.

First, we have a dual hymn arrangement sung to a Christmas tune with hymnbook words:

Lord We Ask Thee Ere We Part_Lord Dismiss Us With Thy Blessing (alt)

Next we have two vocal solos, set to the haunting tune of Faure’s “Pavanne”, one of my favorite pieces. There is a non-Christmas version set with the words of “Abide With Me, ‘Tis Eventide” and then the Christmas version, set with the words of “With Wondering Awe”.

Abide With Me, Tis Eventide (Pavanne)

With Wondering Awe (alt)

Finally, we have two more vocal solos. The first is set to plaintive melody of “Wayfaring Stranger”, with a bunch of other bell carols represented in the accompaniment. (See how many you can hear.) And then “The First Noel” set to a powerful Norwegian tune I first heard Sissel use.

I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day (Wayfaring Stranger) Solo

The First Noel



Folk Songs Meet Hymns


Today, I have one solo and one dual choral piece, both which combine hymns with traditional American folk songs. In my high school days, I loved singing both “Homeward Bound” and “Shenandoah”, and I’m happy nowadays that I still get to sing them with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

The solo combines the words of “O My Father”, with the melody and words of “Homeward Bound”, which really mesh up nicely.

O My Father_Homeward Bound (High Voice)

The choir piece takes nostalgic hymns and pairs them with the plaintive melody of the folk song “Shenandoah.”

Each Life That Touches Ours For Good_O Home Beloved (alt)

Let me know what you think!