Daniel Barta has written a dynamic, rhythmic original setting of the classic text: “Hosanna in excelsis. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” Use this with your children’s, youth, or adult choirs as a dramatic opening to Palm Sunday services. Preview the score and listen to a fine demo recording here.
Looking for some new additions to your Advent choir repertoire? Consider these pieces:
Written by Daniel Barta for Anne Martindale-Williams, principal cellist with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, these pieces for advanced players are excellent choices for church, concert, and studio. Idiomatic writing and intriguing harmonic shifts make these pieces sparkle. Includes When Morning Gilds the Skies (Laudes Domini) and Savior, Again, to Thy Dear Name We Raise (Ellers). Preview a sample from the score here.
My children’s choir anthem “Give Praise to God” (Choristers Guild) is one of four pieces on the repertoire list for the Choristers Guild Atlanta Chapter 2019 Children’s Choir Festival. The event is for grades 3-6 and will take place at Marietta First United Methodist Church on February 9, 2019, with clinician Dr. Martha Shaw. Take a look at the anthem, based on Psalm 150, here.
Concordia Publishing House has commissioned me to write a new setting of the hymn tune “Beach Spring” (“Lord, Whose Love through Humble Service”), which will be be included in the forthcoming Piano Prelude Series, volume 2 (tunes beginning with B/C). 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.
Ryan Kelly has written a stunning motet-like anthem for unaccompanied SAB voices using an adaptation of Colossians 3:12-17 as the text. The result is a fitting reminder to “clothe yourselves with the love of Christ.” Refined choral writing and narrow vocal ranges make this anthem suitable for use by choirs of any size. Program this during Lent or anytime throughout the year. Preview the score and listen to a fine demo recording here.
Would you like a simple, effective way to enliven congregational singing? Try playing in a different key. Read my latest post on Prelude Music Planner to find out more.
It’s never too early for musicians to begin thinking about the holiday season. Read my latest 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).