Christ the Lord Is Risen Today

Today we have a simple SATB arrangement of “Christ the Lord Is Risen Today”, set to another Easter hymn called “Hail the Day that Sees Him Rise”, which I learned with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Here’s a video of the original:

Enjoy!

Christ the Lord is Risen Today SATB

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Sabbath Day

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One of my favorite, lesser-sung hymns is “Sabbath Day”. It has such poignant words and music that makes me feel reverence for God just by listening to it. To my delight, I got to sing it in General Conference a few times back. Here’s the link:

I hope you enjoy this new arrangement: Sabbath Day Sabbath Day

Sacrament Hymn: Great Is Thy Mercy

This week I collaborated with a fellow Mormon Tabernacle Choir member to create a new sacrament hymn. He wrote the music and I wrote the lyrics, and I’m really pleased with the result. He has started a new site to post his compositions, and you can check out our combined effort there:

http://ldshappymusic.blogspot.com/2014/01/great-is-thy-mercy.html

 

Here are the words:

Great is thy mercy, O Lord, most holy.

We bring our souls as an off’ring to thee.

Great is thy love, more than I comprehend

Infinite, eternal, thy Son, whom thou didst send.

 

Great is thy power, O Lord, most mighty.

Breaking the chains of death and of sin.

Great is thy grace, in saving those who roam.

Blotting even scarlet sins, through Christ who did atone.

 

Great is thy glory, O Lord, most holy.

We leave our burdens at thy feet.

Great is thy plan that gives up hope anew.

Making clear our path as we our covenants renew.

 

Four Part Men: When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

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“When I Survey the Wond’rous Cross” is one of my grandmother’s favorite songs. I have always loved it as well and have had a chance to sing the traditional version with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. It seemed to me that there really was only one version that I heard everyone do, and a friend of mine mentioned to me that it might be nice to do a men’s arrangement.

So, friend, here you have it.

When I Survey The Wondrous Cross (TTBB)

Gently Raise the Sacred Strain

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This hymn first appeared in A Collection of Sacred Hymns for the Church of the Latter-day Saints in 1836. It must have been a favorite of Sister Emma Smith, because it also appeared in her 1861 reprint of the 1835 LDS hymnal. The tune we sing it to today, URE, was composed by Thomas Griggs in 1883.

-Kurt Kammeyer

PDF: Gently Raise

You can hear it every week as well on Music and the Spoken Word, the half hour broadcast from the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.  A version of this hymn has been used to open the broadcast since the first broadcast in 1929. The introduction was recently changed to feature a version of the hymn that has both orchestral and choral parts.

Introducing Contests

Great news! I will be hosting a monthly contest on this site. You can see the details here: 

https://thesongoftherighteous.wordpress.com/contest/

I will also post the prompts every month on the newly-renamed Facebook site: http://www.facebook.com/ldswardchoir.

In other news, did you know that the Mormon Tabernacle Choir now has an official YouTube channel? More people are going to be able to watch more of the Choir than ever before. Watch the announcement here: http://youtu.be/2sc11W9ywQ4 and subscribe to it here:  http://www.youtube.com/user/MormonTabChoir?feature=g-all-u