ARSIS Audio, a division of ECS Publishing Group, is excited to announce the release of two new albums featuring piano music composed and recorded by Timothy Shaw. The albums, Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing and Nativity Scenes, offer listeners a new take on a collection of familiar hymn tunes and Christmas carols that can inspire throughout the year.
In each recording, Shaw presents a fresh, sometimes surprising interpretation of a well-known hymn tune that invites the listener to consider these melodies in a new light. Reflective and contemplative, the piano arrangements are particularly suited for performance in worship services, and the recordings make for stirring listening on their own.
Nativity Scenes offers a selection of well-loved Christmas favorites such as “Silent Night” and “O Little Town of Bethlehem” and carols that might not be as familiar, such as “The Wexford Carol” and “Sing We Now of Christmas.” Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing is a collection of hymn tunes suitable for the worship service or for personal reflection. The album includes arrangements ranging from the majestic “All Creatures of Our God and King” to a series of exploratory variations on the lively “Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee.” The variety of textures and interpretations on these albums provide a stimulating listening experience for any time of the year.
Timothy Shaw’s award-winning music is a familiar sound to many church musicians through his many sacred music publications. As a composer he has received various honors, including the ALCM Raabe Price for Excellence in Sacred Composition. Keyboard collections of the arrangements recorded on the albums are available for purchase from MorningStar Music for those wishing to explore the music further. The digital albums will be available as an ARSIS Digital Release on all major streaming services.
MorningStar Music has published Timothy Shaw’s first book of Christmas piano music, Nativity Scenes: 12 Carols for Piano. This creative collection of favorite carols reflects the gentler side of Christmas and will work well for meditative services such as Blue Christmas, memorials, or during communion. Useful as reflections, preludes, or in some cases as expanded introductions, many can be combined with other settings to create a suite of carols. The book also received an Editors’ Choice designation from JW Pepper.
MorningStar Music has published Timothy Shaw’s anthem, “Love Came Down at Christmas” (Unison, Treble Instrument, and Piano, with opt. Descant). A simple but lovely original melody fits the Rosetti text beautifully, making this a sure winner for your upcoming Christmas season. Adult or youth choirs will find this an effective anthem for the season, requiring little rehearsal for maximum effect. An optional descant blends nicely. Consider also for a solo opportunity. The piece also received an Editors’ Choice designation from JW Pepper.
MorningStar Music will publish Timothy Shaw’s solo piano book, Nativity Scenes: 12 Carols for Piano, which includes carol settings for use throughout the Advent and Christmas seasons. Intentionally short and written at an easy to moderate level, these arrangements will appeal to pianists of all skill levels, and audiences will be engaged by the unique presentations of well-loved carols.
The Angel Gabriel from Heaven Came
Angels from the Realms of Glory
Away in a Manger
Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella
Go Tell It on the Mountain
O Little Town of Bethlehem
On Christmas Night
Prepare the Royal Highway
Savior of the Nations, Come
Sing We Now of Christmas
The Wexford Carol
This collection is scheduled to be published as part of MorningStar’s Fall 2021 release.
MorningStar Music will publish Timothy Shaw’s newest Christmas anthem, “Love Came Down at Christmas,” on a picturesque text by Christina Rossetti. The original music is scored for Unison Choir (with an optional descant on the final stanza), Piano, and optional Treble Instrument. This piece is scheduled to be published as part of MorningStar’s Fall 2021 release.
MorningStar Music has published Timothy Shaw’s anthem, “Lord Jesus Christ, Life-Giving Bread” (SATB, piano). Set to a graceful original melody, this 19th-century text is reminiscent of Psalm 23. The supportive piano accompaniment complements a nicely varied choral texture. Truly lovely, this anthem is perfect for World Communion Sunday or any time you want a personal response to the Eucharist. The piece also received an Editors’ Choice designation from JW Pepper.
MorningStar Music will publish Timothy Shaw’s newest Communion anthem, “Lord Jesus Christ, Life-Giving Bread,” on a poignant text by seventeenth-century pastor Johann Rist. Elegant vocal lines that remain within narrow ranges combine with a simple, supportive accompaniment to make this an excellent choice for choirs of any size. This is scheduled to be published as part of MorningStar’s Spring 2020 release.