Arrangements

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  • The First Nowell

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

    “The First Nowell” is the quintessential Christmas carol and a classic folk tune, but too many arrangements fetter the flowing melody with four-part harmony. My approach is simple: let the melody sing itself and support it with an accompaniment that keeps things moving forward. After a brief string intro, it starts small–just guitar and solo voice–and then builds momentum over the song’s 6 verses.

  • The God of Abraham Praise (LEONI) – 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 (KING OF GLORY)

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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.

  • The Lord Be with You

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    String quartet parts to accompany Ron Rienstra’s “The Lord Be with You” liturgy (Lift Up Your Hearts 535, 811)

  • The Strife Is O’er (VICTORY)

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    [audio mp3="https://gregscheer.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/the_strife_is_oer.mp3"][/audio]

    This lovely Easter hymn is given a flowing accompaniment that moves the musical drama forward verse after verse. Chord symbols are provided so that guitar and bass can join in, creating a perfect opportunity to blend praise team, piano, and organ.

    Piano accompaniment for congregational singing.

  • We Sing the Mighty Power of God (KINGSFOLD)

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    [audio mp3="https://gregscheer.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/we_sing_the_mighty.mp3"][/audio]

    The tune KINGSFOLD emphasizes the awe and reverence in this hymn, and this Just Add People arrangement includes a fresh piano accompaniment with a sparkling intro and outro. This piano arrangement is also available with the texts “O Sing a Song of Bethlehem” and “I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say.”

    This string quartet arrangement can also be used with congregational singing and includes lyrical interludes between each verse.

  • Wen Ti (聞笛)

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    Wen Ti (The Flute Plays) was written in the 9th century. It describes beautiful bamboo flute music coming from a nearby home; the poet wonders who is playing the lovely tune. The flowing pentatonic melody is used here with new words for various sections of a worship service: call to worship, assurance of pardon, doxology, and benediction.

    This arrangement was commissioned for a service at the 2018 Calvin Worship Symposium. You can hear it at the following times in the video:
    11:47 Call to Worship: “Lift Your Eyes unto the Hills” (based on Psalm 121 and 124)
    21:44 Assurance of Pardon: “God Is Gracious to Forgive” (evoking Colossians 1:12-15)
    1:22:56 Doxology “To the One Who’s Shown Us Love” (from Revelation 1:4-6)

    Anthem for SATB choir and piano with optional C instrument; includes full score and C instrument part.

  • What Wondrous Love (WONDROUS LOVE) – string quartet

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    https://musicblog.gregscheer.com/what_wondrous_love-quartet.mp3

    “What Wondrous Love” is so elusively beautiful that composers while likely never tire of writing new arrangements of it. This arrangement combines the simple honesty of the folk guitar with the emotional depth of string orchestra. The hymn is a staple of Lent and Holy Week, but is also fitting for a funeral, as it begins with the story of redemption and ends in eternity.

    Score for string quartet, including C clef for viola

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