Augsburg Fortress has published Timothy Shaw’s anthem, “Jesus Christ the Apple Tree” (Unison/2-part, keyboard, opt. treble instrument). Beauty and flexibility abound in this strophic setting of the beloved Apple Tree Carol. Written in a minor key with a pensive mood, the unison stanzas could be shared by children, soloists, or choir sections. Optional vocal harmony and instrumental obbligato add further texture options. While not limited to the Christmas season, this is a great addition to your next Lessons and Carols service or to sing during Christmas worship.
Augsburg Fortress has published Timothy Shaw’s anthem, “Do Not I Love Thee, O My Lord?” (SATB, a cappella). This is a sensitive, expressive anthem based on the sturdy early American tune DETROIT, perfectly capturing the deeply personal text that seeks to grow in the love for God. The piece also received an Editors’ Choice designation from JW Pepper.
Augsburg Fortress will publish Timothy Shaw’s original choral setting of “Jesus Christ the Apple Tree” (Unison or 2-part, keyboard, violin) as part of their Fall 2021 release. “Jesus Christ the Apple Tree” is an anonymous text full of vivid imagery. This original choral setting achieves timbral variety using minimal forces. The anthem is appropriate during Advent and Lent, as well as throughout the year.
Looking for some new additions to your Advent choir repertoire? Consider these pieces:
Would you like a simple, effective way to enliven congregational singing? Try playing in a different key. Read Timothy Shaw’s post on Prelude Music Planner to find out more.
It’s never too early for musicians to begin thinking about the holiday season. Read Timothy Shaw’s article on Prelude Music Planner, Christmas in July: Piano/Organ Repertoire for Advent/Christmas. This includes suggestions of 10 different collections, as well as links to free downloads of some classical pieces (through IMSLP).
Augsburg Fortress will publish Timothy Shaw’s SATB a cappella setting of the Sacred Harp hymn “Do Not I Love Thee?” as part of their Fall 2020 release. This setting of Philip Doddridge’s hymn, paired with the Sacred Harp tune “Detroit,” is haunting and particularly effective during Lent.
Playing for any weddings this summer? Need some new piano music to enliven your repertoire? Read Timothy Shaw’s article on Prelude Music Planner: Piano Music for Wedding Ceremonies. This includes suggestions of 25 sacred and classical pieces, with links to free downloads of the classical pieces (through IMSLP).
Have you ever wanted to learn how to re-harmonize hymns, to accompany congregational singing? Timothy Shaw’s blog post on Prelude Music Planner provides a 5-step process on how to do this. Check it out here, and be sure to download the free re-harmonization of the hymn “Gethsemane” (link at bottom of post).
Choosing repertoire for church choirs is one of the most difficult, time-consuming tasks of all choir directors, whether they direct larger or smaller choirs. There are some unique challenges facing those who direct smaller choirs, though. To support you in your work, Timothy Shaw has written a blog post on the topic (with 25 anthem suggestions) on Prelude Music Planner. Check it out here.