Advent/Christmas (Arrangements)

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  • 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.

  • Born to Die, Born to Rise

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    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.

  • Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus (BEACH SPRING)

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    The Advent text “Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus” is sung to several tunes. Full of longing and melancholy, BEACH SPRING emphasizes the now- and not-yet-ness of Advent. This arrangement could also be used with other texts set to BEACH SPRING, including “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” and “Come, Ye Sinners, Poor and Needy.”

  • Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus (HYFRYDOL)

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    The Advent text “Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus” is sung to several tunes. HYFRYDOL, written by 19th-century Welsh composer Rowland Prichard, is a bright tune that prepares the joy of Christmas well and makes for a great closing hymn. You could also use this arrangement for other texts set to HYFRYDOL, including “Alleluia! Sing to Jesus” and “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling.”

    Piano accompaniment for congregational singing.

  • Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus (STUTTGART)

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    The Advent text “Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus” is sung to several tunes. STUTTGART, first published in Christian F. Witt’s 1715 Psalmodia Sacra, makes a great opening hymn for an Advent service.

    Piano accompaniment for congregational singing, with a C instrument descant thrown in for free!

  • Keur Moussa Magnificat (Mon âme exalte le Seigneur)

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    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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    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]
  • Mary’s Song (Our King of Peace)

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    Wendell Kimbrough’s setting of Mary’s Song captures the wonder, fear, and obedience of Mary’s response to Gabriel’s message. The song is a perfect fit for Advent, Christmas, and Lessons and Carols services. The choral arrangement places the choir alongside folk instruments, which is a lovely marriage for those who lead blended worship.

  • O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

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    This Just Add People arrangement includes an original piano accompaniment for congregational singing. “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” is an Advent favorite, the mesmerizing harp-like sound of this arrangement echoes the hopeful waiting expressed in the text.

    Piano accompaniment for congregational singing.

  • O Sing a Song of Bethlehem (KINGSFOLD)

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    This hymn makes a great transition between the seasons of Christmas and Epiphany, following Jesus from his birth to his days on earth. This arrangement creates a sense of wonder with a sparkling intro/outro and fresh harmonies. It could also be used with the texts “I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say” and “We Sing the Mighty Power of God.” The string quartet arrangement available below can also be used for congregational singing and adds lyrical interludes between each verse.

  • O Splendor of God’s Glory Bright

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    PUER NOBIS is one of the great hymn tunes of the Church and is matched with many texts, including “O Splendor of God’s Glory Bright” and “On Jordan’s Banks the Baptist’s Cry.” I tried to bring out its folk song flavor in a way that often gets lost in the four-part hymnal arrangement. (Note: the demo above uses the text “On Jordan’s Banks.”)

  • On Jordan’s Banks the Baptist’s Cry

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    PUER NOBIS is one of the great hymn tunes of the Church and is matched with many texts, including “On Jordan’s Banks the Baptist’s Cry” and “O Splendor of God’s Glory Bright.” (This arrangement is available with either text.) I tried to bring out its folk song flavor with a piano accompaniment that is energetic. I feel like this arrangement brings out the sprightly nature of this tune in a way that often gets lost in the four-part hymnal.

    Piano accompaniment for congregational singing, with C instrument descant. Purchase price allows you to make as many copies as you need for your ensemble.

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