Brass (Arrangements)

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  • At the Throne of Our God

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    우리 보좌앞에 모였네 (Vision) is a praise song by Hyung-won Koh based on Revelation 7:9-10. It’s a lovely song, and representative of the tuneful, heartfelt worship songs that the Korean church sings. With the help of James Ju and Paul Han, I translated it into English. Later, I revisited the song, adding a piano accompaniment, instrumental parts, and a smooth-as-butter descant for strings and flute.

  • Born to Die, Born to Rise

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    http://musicblog.gregscheer.com/born_to_die_born_to_rise.mp3

    Christmas can become saccharine when it’s populated only with sweet baby Jesuses, choruses of angels, and mild Marys. Just as the Magis’ myrrh foreshadowed Jesus’ burial, “Ah, Holy Jesus” reminds us of the full meaning of the incarnation. This piece weaves “Lo, How a Rose” and “Ah, Holy Jesus” together in musical counterpoint that thickens both their differences and underlying unity. After focusing on these two sides of Christ, our only response can be praise; the piece ends with a rousing rendition of “All My Heart Again Rejoices.”

    Full orchestration for choirs, piano, organ, and brass. Price allows you to make as many copies as you need for your ensemble.

  • DIX – instrumental introduction

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    https://musicblog.gregscheer.com/dix_psalm_67.mp3

    A simple orchestral introduction to the hymn tune DIX, adaptable to any four-part ensemble. DIX is most often used with the texts “For the Beauty of the Earth” and “As with Gladness Men of Old.” (This is a different arrangement from the Just Add People product for the same tune. Find that piano arrangement here.)

    Four-part instrumental arrangement, with parts for instruments in C, Bb, Eb, and F.

  • Lo, How a Rose

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    [audio mp3="https://gregscheer.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/02-Lo-How-A-Rose.mp3"][/audio]

    One of the most lovely songs of the Advent/Christmas season is turned into a tender jazz ballad. An oft omitted verse is included (“O Flow’r whose fragrance tender…”) and a short soprano solo provides extra vocal texture. This flexible choral anthem includes chord symbols for jazz combo, but it can also be sung a cappella, as in the recording above by the Heinz Chapel Choir of the University of Pittsburgh. The orchestral accompaniment is also flexible, allowing full orchestra or just the strings to support the sound of the choir and piano.

    [audio mp3="https://gregscheer.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/lo_how_a_rose.mp3"][/audio]
  • Psalm 104: Oh, Rejoice in All Your Works

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    https://musicblog.gregscheer.com/kimbrough-psalm_104.mp3

    Wendell Kimbrough’s setting of Psalm 104 won the COS New Psalm Contest in 2014. Since then, I’ve arranged this song for strings, brass, and choir. These arrangements bring out a whole new majestic side to the song.

  • The God of Abraham Praise (for Chamber/Full Orchestra)

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    [audio mp3="https://gregscheer.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/calvin_orch-the_god_of_abraham.mp3"][/audio]

    This arrangement was first written for chamber orchestra for a Lessons & Carols service, then commissioned for full orchestra by the Calvin College Orchestra and their director, Robert Nordling. The recording above is from the Calvin Orchestra’s premiere of the full orchestra version on March 5, 2011.

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