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  • Renew Us, O God

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

    This song was commissioned for the World Communion of Reformed Churches 2017 General Council. It takes the council’s theme (“transformed and transforming; renewed and renewing”) and puts it in prayer form: “Renew us, O God.” This prayer serves as a refrain that can be sung joyfully, as on the recording, or introspectively, like a Taizé chorus.

    An Indonesian translation by Ivan Santoso is also available for download.

  • 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.

  • Savior of the Nations, Come (Nun Komm, Der Heiden Heiland) – string orchestra

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

    This theme and variations for string orchestra was commissioned by Carlos Colón for a 2017 Advent service at Baylor University. The stout hymn tune Nun Komm, Der Heiden Heiland is stated, then volleyed back and forth between different sections of the string orchestra. It could be used as a stand-alone concert piece or used as a prelude or instrumental selection in a worship setting. It is especially appropriate for Advent and Lessons and Carols services.

    Score and orchestral parts for violin 1+2, viola, cello, and bass. Purchase price allows you to print as many copies as you need for your ensemble.

  • Somos uno en Cristo/We’re One People

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    [audio mp3="https://gregscheer.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/somos_uno_en_cristo-were_one_people.mp3"][/audio]

    This Latin American corito is based on Ephesians 4:4-6, which speaks of the unity of the Body of Christ. With a brand new arrangement and fresh translation, this will quickly become a heart song.

  • Speak Sabbath O’er My Soul

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    [audio mp3="https://gregscheer.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/moody-speak_sabbath.mp3"][/audio]

    With echoes of Sibelius’ “Be Still My Soul,” “Speak Sabbath O’er My Soul” positions Sabbath as something life-giving that God does for us rather than a teeth-gritting discipline we do for God.

    Piano accompaniment with SATB voice parts

  • Thank You, Lord

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    [audio mp3="https://gregscheer.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/thank_you_lord-piano.mp3"][/audio]

     

    Like many Black Gospel songs, the beauty of this is that it focuses on one thing (thanksgiving) while allowing for lots of flexibility. The lead singer can improvise new verses in the moment (“Been so good,” “Saved my soul,” etc); the Just Add People! piano arrangement is equally flexible, with an optional modulation and chord symbols for guitar, bass, and other instruments.

    Piano accompaniment for congregational singing.

  • 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 Kingdom of Heaven

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    [audio mp3="https://gregscheer.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/the_kingdom_of_heaven.mp3"][/audio]

    “The Sermon on the Mount” contains some of Jesus’ most beloved words, but there are surprisingly few songs that take up these themes. As some settings of “The Beatitudes” have fallen into disuse it seemed the time was ripe for a new one. The verses are nearly verbatim scripture and the chorus is exceedingly easy to learn.

    PowerPoint slides for congregational singing are available from Digital Songs & Hymns.

  • 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 Song of Moses and the Lamb

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    [audio mp3="https://gregscheer.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/moses_and_the_lamb.mp3"][/audio]

    While planning a service based on the story of Moses’s birth and adoption by Pharaoh’s daughter, I came across a once-popular hymn by William Hammond called “Awake and Sing the Song.” (The original publication has no less than 14 verses!) Naturally, I wrote a new tune for it. I knew the text called for a tune as rough as a sea chanty, as epic as a murder ballad, and as joyously raucous as a shape-note hymn. What I came up with is a pentatonic melody that is equal parts “What Wondrous Love” and “Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner.” You can hear the piano accompaniment in the video below:

    [video width="1280" height="720" mp4="https://gregscheer.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/moses_and_the_lamb-fuller.mp4"][/video]

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