Hymn (Arrangements)

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  • Joyful, Joyful, We Adore You (HYMN TO JOY)

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    Nothing beats Beethoven’s original as found in the 9th Symphony, but if your pianist or praise band is going to lead “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore You” this arrangement really sparkles–and the strings really bring it to another level.

  • Lo, How a Rose (ES IST EIN ROS)

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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.

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  • Morning Has Broken (BUNESSAN)

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    This Just Add People arrangement of the classic hymn “Morning Has Broken” is perfect for congregational singing.

  • My Jesus, I Love Thee (GORDON)

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    This Just Add People arrangement includes a fresh piano accompaniment for congregational singing as well as optional parts for strings and recorder (or other treble C instrument). After an a cappella third verse, an upward key change adds a sense of confidence and conviction to the final verse.

  • O Bless the Lord, My Soul (ST THOMAS)

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    This is a string orchestra accompaniment for the hymn tune ST THOMAS, using the text “O Bless the Lord, My Soul.” This hymn of praise is appropriate for Thanksgiving Day, building dedications, and pastor installation services. The festive nature of the arrangement will turn a common hymn into a regal anthem.

    This arrangement is mentioned in Greg’s podcast, “Thanksgiving Brainstorms.”

    Score and parts for violins, viola, cello, double bass, and timpani. Purchase price allows you to print as many copies as you need for your ensemble.

  • O Come, O Come, Emmanuel (VENI IMMANUEL)

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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 Sacred Head (PASSION CHORALE) – descants

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    “O Sacred Head, Now Wounded” is the quintessential Passion hymn. These descants can be played by a variety of treble or bass clef instruments, together or separately, and are also flexible in how they are used within the song. For example, I have used the descants as an extended introduction and brought them back on the final verse of singing. Email me for other transpositions that would be useful in your church.

  • 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 (PUER NOBIS NASCITUR)

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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 (PUER NOBIS NASCITUR)

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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.

  • Once in Royal David’s City (IRBY) – violin or cello

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    This beloved Christmas carol arrangement was commissioned by violinist Sarah York. She needed a contemplative prelude for a Christmas service. In this arrangement, the familiar carol tune is passed back and forth between piano and violin (or cello), creating mesmerizing layers of echoed melody.

  • Peace, Perfect Peace (PAX TECUM)

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    There is perhaps no hymn more serenely beautiful than “Peace, Perfect Peace.” Edward Bickersteth’s text doesn’t dismiss the troubles of this world, but instead sees them as an opportunity to hear Jesus’ call to rest in him. George Caldbeck’s melody is simple, yet powerful. This arrangement builds on this beautiful simplicity, growing verse after verse and ending on a note of confidence.

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