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Piano Commission: Concordia Piano Prelude Series

Concordia Publishing House has commissioned me to write a new setting of the hymn tune “Herzlich lieb” (“Lord, Thee I Love with All My Heart”), which will be be included in the forthcoming Piano Prelude Series, volume 5 (tunes beginning with H/I). Building upon the success of Hymn Prelude Library, Concordia is now embarking on another exciting project: Piano Prelude Series. Like the Hymn Prelude Library, this collection will feature preludes on all the hymns of Lutheran Service Book, but this time for piano.

Piano Prelude Series vol 3 published by Concordia

Following the successful Hymn Prelude Library series for organ, Concordia has released a new collection of piano preludes based on the hymn tunes found in Lutheran Service Book. This collection features newly composed pieces by dozens of composers who write in a variety of styles and harmonizations. The pieces are useful as preludes, postludes, music at the offering, for introductions, and during distribution, as well as for those who play hymns at home. The durable wire binding ensures that each page lies flat against the music stand. Piano Prelude Series vol 3 (preludes for tunes starting with the letters ‘D’ and ‘E’) includes my setting of {Easter Hymn} (“Jesus Christ Is Risen Today“).

Lord Jesus Christ, Life-Giving Bread published by MorningStar Music

MorningStar Music has published my 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.

Piano Commission: Concordia Piano Prelude Series

Concordia Publishing House has commissioned me to write a new setting of the hymn tune “Gelobet seist du” (“We Praise You, Jesus, at Your Birth”), which will be be included in the forthcoming Piano Prelude Series, volume 4 (tunes beginning with F/G). Building upon the success of Hymn Prelude Library, Concordia is now embarking on another exciting project: Piano Prelude Series. Like the Hymn Prelude Library, this collection will feature preludes on all the hymns of Lutheran Service Book, but this time for piano.

Artistic – Worshipful – Accessible

These three words describe the Shaw Music catalog: Artistic – Worshipful – Accessible. Here’s what they mean to me…

I work hard to make sure my music is Artistic. I’ve studied counterpoint, harmony, and form extensively, and those years of study shape how I write. But I want my music to be more than merely “correct” in an academic sense. I want it to be compelling, to offer a unique perspective on a familiar tune, to make the listener want to listen even more closely, to bring smiles to the performers’ faces (or, at times, tears to their eyes).

By God’s grace, my music is Worshipful. This word can mean many things, of course. But I hope my music, ultimately, directs peoples’ attention to God, not to the performer(s) or the composer. And I hope my music, in some way, points to the shared salvation experience of God’s people. When my music enhances or deepens the song of God’s people, I know it is worshipful.

I am glad my music is Accessible. My music is not necessarily easy, nor is it simplistic. Where there are challenging passages that require additional practice, I want them to be rewarding. Where there are simple passages, I want them to be strikingly beautiful. The harmonies and rhythms I employ might stretch the listeners’ sensibilities, but I never want listeners to lose interest in or feel overwhelmed by what they’re hearing.

—Timothy Shaw

Piano Prelude Series vol 2 published by Concordia

Following the successful Hymn Prelude Library series for organ, Concordia has released a new collection of piano preludes based on the hymn tunes found in Lutheran Service Book. This collection features newly composed pieces by dozens of composers who write in a variety of styles and harmonizations. The pieces are useful as preludes, postludes, music at the offering, for introductions, and during distribution, as well as for those who play hymns at home. The durable wire binding ensures that each page lies flat against the music stand. Piano Prelude Series vol 2 (preludes for tunes starting with the letters ‘B’ and ‘C’) includes my setting of {Beach Spring} (“Lord, Whose Love through Humble Service“).

Hymn Tune Masters for Piano published by Concordia

Concordia Publishing House has released an exceptional piano collection, Hymn Tune Masters for Piano, which includes my setting of “All Praise to Thee, My God, This Night” (TALLIS’ CANON). The hymn tunes of master composers such as Thomas Tallis, Jean Sibelius, and Gustav Holst are set in a variety of styles, forms, and techniques by ten modern-day composers. This collection will be sought after by students, teachers, and church musicians, and is great for creative use in both recitals and worship.

Three Hymn Preludes for Organ (Jeremy Zimmer) added to the Shaw Music catalog

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.

Silent Night, Holy Night (arr. Peter Hilliard) added to the Shaw Music catalog

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.