Winds (Arrangements)

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  • At the Throne of Our God

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    [audio mp3="https://gregscheer.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/at_the_throne-orch.mp3"][/audio]

    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.

  • Before Your Manger, Here I Stand / Ich steh an deiner Krippen hier

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

    Looking for a Christmas piece that’s a little off the beaten path? This beloved German Christmas carol has been newly translated and arranged. The choir parts are not at all difficult, and the anthem can be accompanied by piano alone. However, if you do have flute, recorder, guitar, or strings available, the music becomes absolutely exquisite.

    Anthem for SATB choir, flute, recorder, classical guitar, and strings. Download includes score and parts; purchase price allows you to print 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.

  • Go Down, Moses

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    [audio mp3="https://gregscheer.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/go_down_moses.mp3"][/audio]

    If your church has a jazz band, you’ve got to try this swinging spiritual. The chart is scored for 2 trumpets, alto sax, tenor sax, trombone, flute (optional), and rhythm section. It’s easy enough for high school level players but will make them sound like seasoned pros.

  • Holy Is the Lord/Santo Es El Señor

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    https://musicblog.gregscheer.com/guatemalan_santo-flute.mp3

    This energetic Guatemalan song first appeared in Global Songs for Worship (2010). Since then, I have created various arrangements that allow it to be led authentically in other ways. The piano accompaniment captures the rhythmic energy of the song. The choir, flute, and percussion arrangement is perfect for churches that have a flutist who likes a challenge!

  • Keur Moussa Magnificat (Mon âme exalte le Seigneur)

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    https://musicblog.gregscheer.com/wp-content/uploads/keur_moussa_magnificat-COS.mp3

    In 2019, Church of the Servant commissioned me to arrange a lovely Magnificat by Keur Moussa. The Keur Moussa community, which is something like the Taizé of Senegal, has developed its own style of singing that combines the beautiful austerity of Catholic chant with the insistent rhythms of West Africa. Trying to remain in the spirit of the original piece, this arrangement is complex, but not flashy; exciting, but still mesmerizing.

    Arrangement for SATB choir, flute, strings, guitar, mbira, shakers, dumbek, and drum set. Purchase price includes full score, all instrumental parts, and permission to make multiple copies for choir.

  • 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.

  • Psalm 31: In You, Lord, I Refuge Take

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    https://musicblog.gregscheer.com/kimbrough_psalm31.mp3

    Wendell Kimbrough’s setting of Psalm 31 is simple, but also profound, translating the desperate prayer of the Psalm into fresh language that sings well. I have written an SATB version, a choral descant, and a flute descant.

  • Sanna, Sannanina – flute/piccolo descant

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    https://musicblog.gregscheer.com/sanna_sannanina-flute.mp3

    “Sanna, Sannanina” is a delightful South African song that is perfect for joyous Palm Sunday processions. Here I’ve added a flute descant that is almost as rhythmic as the djembe accompaniment. The recording above is an instrumental version with flute and djembe; this descant would also work over the congregation, choir, or praise team singing the song.

    Descants for flute/piccolo. Download also includes SATB hymn with both South African and English texts.

  • 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.

  • The King of Glory Comes

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    https://musicblog.gregscheer.com/scheer-hosanna_in_the_highest.mp3

    This arrangement of THE KING OF GLORY COMES works with the familiar text by Willard F. Jabusch as well as Greg’s Palm Sunday text, “Hosanna in the Highest.” Optional flute descants add to the Klezmer feel of this rhythmic tune.

    Arrangements for strings and brass are also available with the alternate text.

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