From Peter Hilliard comes this dynamic musical offering on a text by 17th-century metaphysical, Welsh poet Henry Vaughan. A simple melody is embellished throughout to underscore images from the text, and a horn obbligato sounds the clarion call (“Awake!”). Invest time rehearsing this breathtaking number with your choir—it is well worth the effort. This piece, for SATB choir and horn, won the 2008 Welcome Christmas Carol Contest. Preview the score and listen to an excellent full-length recording here.
Jeremy Zimmer joins Shaw Music with this striking collection of three hymn preludes for organ. Highly chromatic, yet prominently centered on the tune, each setting offers musical insight into the original hymn tune. Useful in worship services throughout the church year. Preview the score and listen to a demo recording here.
Indulge in the nostalgia of the holiday season with this beautiful setting of a favorite carol, expertly arranged by Peter Hilliard. Easy to learn, yet full of harmonic and melodic interest, this is sure to become a favorite of choir and audience alike. Program this as the closing number for this year’s Christmas concert or Christmas Eve service. Preview the score and listen to a fine demo recording here.
This exquisite collection of hymns (including four Christmas carols) from composer Daniel Barta is sure to become one of your favorites. Written at a moderate level and in a range of diverse styles, these expertly crafted arrangements offer truly unique perspectives on well-loved hymns. Preview pages from the score and listen to sample recordings here.
Daniel Barta’s masterful interpretation of Psalm 46:1-4 will leave a lasting impression on all who perform and listen to it. A quiet homophonic section opens the piece, followed by a contrasting middle section, and then the opening theme returns for musical balance. Use this in any service or concert as a musical reflection on the God who is an ever-present help in trouble. Preview the score and listen to a fine demo recording here.
Flowing vocal lines combine with sonorous harmonies from the piano in this beautiful, original setting of Psalm 121 by Olivia Cresswell. The perfect choice for more advanced treble choirs, this anthem is also effective with smaller ensembles or as a vocal duet. Preview the score and listen to a fine demo recording here.
Here is a charming, picturesque short work for piano solo. Written at a grade 2-3 difficulty level, the three movements are reminiscent of idyllic New England scenes. Movements include:
- Mount Monadnock
- Winter in Vermont
- Portland Head Light
Here is a delightfully imaginative short work for children of all ages. Written at a grade 2 difficulty level, these pieces are evocative of common childhood scenes. Movements include:
- Old Friends
- Fast Cars
- Earthworms Racing
- Snowflakes Dancing
- Petals Falling
- Ants on Parade
- Evening Light
Looking for some new additions to your Christmas choir repertoire? Consider these pieces: