Tag Archives: choir

Cleanse the Thoughts of Our Hearts

The Collect for Purity is the name traditionally given to the collect prayed near the beginning of the Eucharist in most Anglican rites. It was originally drafted in Latin for the Sarum missal and was part of the preparation prayers of priests before Mass.  Thomas Cranmer translated the prayer into English and from there it has entered almost every Anglican prayer book in the world.  My setting for SATB was composed to reflect the solemnity as well as the antiquity of the text. It is available for purchase at giamusic.com.

 ℗ 1999 GIA Publications, Inc.

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Come Gladly, Come Gaily, Come Gather Together

Yet another annual Christmas carol utilizing the “gloria” text, Come Gladly, Come Gaily, Come Gather Together was composed as part of my Faith Partner’s residency for Huffman UMC in Birmingham, AL.  The catalog description works for me:  This musical setting with handbell chords and a carillon-like piano part in the high treble register paints a musical picture of the text.  It’s fresh and new, yet “sounds” like the music we like to hear at Christmas. A fairly easy learn for the choir.

It’s available for purchase at giamusic.com.

 ℗ 2003 GIA Publications, Inc.

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Earth, Earth, Awake

I was a participant in the American Composers Forum’s Faith Partners Program, during which I worked with a consortia of three faith communities in Birmingham, Alabama.  This exciting opportunity led to number of works which have all subsequently been published by GIA:  As Water to the Thirsty, Come Gladly, Come Gaily, Come Gather Together, Taste and See the Goodness of the Lord, Make Music for Your Lord to Hear, Easter Introit, and the featured anthem, Earth, Earth, Awake.  Scored for SATB choir, organ and trumpet, it is available for purchase at giamusic.com.

 ℗ 2003 GIA Publications, Inc.

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As Water to the Thirsty

A masterful text by Timothy Dudley Smith, set for SATB choir.  Available for purchase at giamusic.com.

As water to the thirsty,
as beauty to the eyes,
as strength that follows weakness,
as truth instead of lies,
as songtime and springtime
and summertime to be,
so is my Lord,
my living Lord,
so is my Lord to me.

Like calm in place of clamor,
like peace that follows pain,
like meeting after parting,
like sunshine after rain,
like moonlight and starlight
and sunlight on the sea,
so is my Lord,
my living Lord,
so is my Lord to me.

As sleep that follows fever,
as gold instead of grey,
as freedom after bondage,
as sunrise to the day,
as home to the traveler
and all we long to see,
so is my Lord,
my living Lord,
so is my Lord to me.

© 1979 Hope Publishing Co., Carol Stream, IL 60188.

Performance © GIA Publications, Inc.

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Before the Song Was Done

The poetry of Sara Teasdale, which I discovered in an art song setting, was the inspiration for this work.   A Christmas carol for SATB chorus with piano, oboe and cello accompaniment, it is both meditative and joyful, ending gently with the baby Jesus sleeping through it all.  Available for purchase at giamusic.com.

 ℗ 1999 GIA Publications, Inc.

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