Lo How a Rose (German and Norwegian)

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“Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming” has always been one of my favorite carols, and I have enjoyed it both in English and in its original German. Germans like it so much that it’s actually in the LDS German hymnbook.

This version combines the original melody used by Michael Pratoreus, with the melody of a Norwegian Christmas song that fits the words well.

Lo How a Rose (Medium to High Voice)

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Christmas Program: Seek Him Still

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After many hours of work, my first Christmas program is here! It has six SATB arrangements with accompanying narration. Below you can download the whole program or each of the pieces individually.

Christmas Program: 

Seek Him Still Christmas Program

Individual Pieces: 

Angels We Have Heard on High (All Creatures of Our God and King)

The First Noel/That Easter Morn

Silent Night,_How Great

Shepherds,_Green Hill

Seek Him Still  (Updated Oct 2013)

Away in a Manger (Choir) Final (Updated Oct 2013)

Please let me know if you perform it. I would love to hear how you like it. I hope to make this an annual event.

Before It Was Nauvoo

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Here is a folksy little tune that captures the spirit of the Saints in 1839 as they settled in Commerce, Illinois – soon to be known as Nauvoo. The first three verses are from an anonymous poem found in the Times & Seasons; the fourth verse was added by me.

-Kurt Kammeyer

Commerce Illinois

Just When You Thought “If You Could Hie to Kolob” Was Out There…

Thou Earth wast once
This hymn text by Eliza R. Snow touches on a rather unusual doctrine, which she must have learned at the feet of the Prophet: the concept that from time to time, pieces of the Earth have been flung off into space, only to be regathered in the Millenium.
Astronomers are in general agreement that the Moon was formed about 4.5 billion years ago from a catastrophic collision between the Earth and some Mars-sized planet. Perhaps some day we will understand the full import of what Sister Eliza was alluding to in this strange hymn.
-Kurt Kammeyer
The full text was published in the Times and Seasons, as recorded here: http://www.losthymnsproject.com/14_Texts/Thou-Earth-Wast-Once-a-Glorious-Sphere.pdf

PDF: Thou Earth wast once

Though Outward Trials by Eliza R. Snow

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This is another Eliza R. Snow original poem, set to a traditional shape-note tune. Today, our hymnbook has a version called “Though Deepening Trials”.

Though Outward Trials

To learn about shape notes, go here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shape_note

Awake! (By Joseph Smith?)

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Could this hymn have been written by the Prophet Joseph Smith himself? Click on the PDF to read the music and to see why one hymn historian (hymnstorian?) thinks it could have been.

PDF: Awake

MP3:

Eliza R. Snow’s Forgotten Funeral Hymn plus a Bonus

Your Sweet Little Rosebud 1

 

Your Sweet Little Rosebud 2

Not everything Eliza R. Snow wrote made it into our modern hymnbook. Take this forgotten little beauty that was sung at funerals. See if you can recognize the familiar tune by Ebenezer Beasley:

Your Sweet Little Rosebud Has Left You

Demo:

And as an added bonus, a new arrangement of a timeless text:

His Voice As the Sound

Demo:

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