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EASY ANTHEMS VIII (Choral)

Arr. Various Arrangers

Here is the 8th volume in our successful series of accessible voicings of top-sellers. All of these nine titles are proven winners set for SAB voices. There are selections for Advent, Christmas, Palm Sunday, Lent and general occasions throughout the year.


TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN (Choral)

Arr. Joel Raney

This beloved Christmas spiritual is set in a soulful, gospel blues style and comes from Joel Raney's popular gospel Christmas cantata, Joy!, code no. 8721. The syncopated rhythms and dynamic choral parts make this a perfect choice for school concerts and church programs.Rhythm Parts: Conductor's Score, Percussion, Piano, Synth, Guitar/Bass, Drums & String Reduction for Keyboard.Orchestrations: Conductor's Score, Flute, Oboe (or Soprano Sax or Clarinet), Clarinet, 2 Trumpets (or Alto Sax), Alto Sax, Tenor Sax, 2 Trombones (or Tenor Sax or Baritone T.C.), Percussion, Piano, Synth, Guitar/Bass, Drums, Violins 1 & 2, Viola, Cello/Bassoon, String Reduction for Keyboard.


ROYAL DAVID'S CITY (Choral)

Henry J. Gauntlett Arr. Joel Raney

This hymn is used to open the Service of Lessons and Carols, heard annually in the chapel of Cambridge College each Christmas Eve. That event is what Joel Raney had in mind when he crafted his new setting for SATB and children's choir. The pairing of the familiar words along with bits of "O Little Town of Bethlehem," plus Joel's original themes, join together for a powerful anthem.Instrumental Parts: Conductor's Score, Flute & & Handbells.


SWEET LITTLE JESUS BOY (Choral)

Robert MacGimsey Arr. Joel Raney

This lovely, Christmas spiritual is given an infusion of both jazz and gospel elements in this dynamic new setting. The augmented choral line provides a slow, smooth ballad that almost sings itself - ideal for worship and Christmas concerts. Accompaniment options include Ed Hogan's orchestration, rhythm parts, or CD which included a split-track.Rhythm Parts: Conductor's Score, Percussion, Piano, Synth, Guitar/Bass, Drums & String Reduction for Keyboard.Orchestrations: Conductor's Score, Flute, Oboe (or Soprano Sax or Clarinet), Clarinet, 2 Trumpets (or Alto Sax), Alto Sax, Tenor Sax, 2 Trombones (or Tenor Sax or Baritone T.C.), Percussion, Piano, Synth, Guitar/Bass; Drums, Violins 1 & 2, Viola (or Clarinet), Cello/Bassoon (or Bass Clarinet) Strings for Reduction for Keyboard.


LET ALL MORTAL FLESH KEEP SILENCE (Choral)

Arr. Joel Raney

This Quick Study Choral is easily learned and has a simple accompaniment provided by six handbells. The exquisite hymn melody is presented in a simple three-stanza form with a minimum of parts singing, and the transparent bell accompaniment gives it an effective, chant-like feel.


SING GLORIA, SING NOEL! (Choral)

Arr. Joel Raney

This Christmas original is a wonderful way to combine adult voices with children's choir. It's set in a delightful calypso style, and features a call and response, with the children ending each phrase in a playful rhyme scheme: "day-o, hay-o, lullaby-o, asleep-o sheep-o," etc. It all adds up to a joyous version of the Christmas story, highlighting all the characters that were present at Jesus' birth.Instrumental Parts: Conductor's Score, Flute & Percussion.


O HOLY NIGHT (Choral)

Cantique De Noel by Adolphe C. Adam / Words By: John S. Dwight / Arr. Joel Raney

A creative treatment of the beloved Christmas classic, this arrangement comes from Joel Raney's best-selling gospel Christmas cantata Hope!, code no. 8831. Choirs will enjoy the rhythmic groove and emotion that this setting offers, making it ideal for school and church choirs alike. Accompaniment options include piano, rhythm, full orchestration or CD, which includes a split-track.Orchestrations: Conductor's Score, Flute, Oboe (or Soprano Sax or Clarinet), Clarinet, 2 Trumpets (or Alto Sax), Alto Sax, Tenor Sax, 2 Trombones (or Tenor Sax or Baritone T.C.), Percussion, Piano, Synth, Guitar/Bass, Drums, Violins 1 & 2, Viola (or Clarinet), Cello/Bassoon (or Bass Clarinet), String Reduction for Keyboard.


SING WE NOW OF CHRISTMAS (Choral)

Arr. Lloyd Larson

This dynamic setting features the French carol NOEL NOUVLET and the familiar words "Sing we now of Christmas, sing we now Noel," which lead beautifully into a refrain of "What Child Is This." Culled from Lloyd's top-selling cantata, Were You There on That Christmas Night code no. 8611, this regal carol is available in both SATB and SAB opt. Two-Part Mixed settings with piano or orchestral accompaniment.Orchestrations: Conductor's Score, Flute, Oboe (or Soprano Sax or Clarinet), Clarinet, Bassoon (or Bass Clarinet), Horn (or Clarinet), 2 Trumpets (or Alto Sax), 2 Trombones (or Baritone T.C.), Percussion, Piano, Harp, Violins 1 & 2, Viola, Cello, String Reduction for Keyboard.


GLORIA IN EXCELSIS (Choral)

Arr. Allen Pote

This lively Christmas anthem begins with the familiar Latin phrase translated as "Glory to God in the highest and good will to all people on earth." Including contrasting verses depicting angels singing to the shepherds with an accented, syncopated accompaniment, the music builds to an exciting climax with voices in full, rich harmonies. This is a perfect way to incorporate the song of the angels into a Christmas worship service or school concert.


JESUS, THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD (Choral)

George D. Elderkin / Words By: Charles Wesley / Arr. Lloyd Larson

The seed to this enchanting, Christmas gospel hymn is provided by "Hark! the Herald Angels Sing." Set here as a gentle ballad with light rhythm and easily learned choral parts, it's an ideal selection for the Christmas and Epiphany season.Rhythm Parts: Conductor's Score, Piano, Synth, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Bass and Percussion 1 & 2.


LO, HOW A ROSE E'ER BLOOMING (Choral)

Arr. John Carter

For 3-part Mixed choirs.


WORSHIP OPENERS IV: Introits That Work! (Choral)

Compiled and Edited by Jane Holstein

Finding effective choral introits/worship openers that captivate and inspire the beginning of worship can be a challenge. Extracted from some of the choral 'gems' in the Hope catalog, this collection features twelve introits that really do work! Each can be accompanied by piano, but several lend themselves to the organ as well.


SONG IN THE AIR, A (Choral)

Arr. Joel Raney

With a delightful "Latin American" feel, original music is paired with the familiar words by Josiah G. Holland "There's a Song in the Air." A strain of "Away in a Manger" is dropped in to round out the story of the manger in Bethlehem. This upbeat Christmas anthem from Joel's best-selling cantata, Joy! (code no. 8721) can be accompanied by piano, orchestration or rhythm. Rhythm parts: Conductor's Score, Percussion, Piano, Synth, Guitar/Bass, Drums & String Reduction for Keyboard. Orchestration: Conductor's Score, Flute, Oboe (or Soprano Sax or Clarinet), Clarinet, 2 Trumpets (or Alto Sax), Alto Sax, Tenor Sax, 2 Trombones or Tenor Sax or Baritone T.C., Percussion, Piano, Synth, Guitar/Bass, Drums, Violins 1 & 2, Viola, Cello/Bassoon and String Reduction for Keyboard.


JESUS, WHAT A WONDERFUL CHILD (Choral)

Arr. Joel Raney

Ideal for both church and school Christmas celebrations, this high energy arrangement also includes the spiritual "Amen," and comes from Joel's best-selling cantata, "Joy!" (Code No. 8721). It may be accompanied simply with piano, or with an added rhythm section, or full orchestra. Any way you choose, choirs will enjoy the upbeat rhythms and joyous proclamation of the birth of Jesus. Rhythm parts: Conductor's score, Percussion, Piano, Synth, Guitar/Bass, Drums & String Reduction for Keyboard. Orchestrations: Conductor's Score, Flute, Oboe (or Soprano Sax or Clarinet), Clarinet, 2 Trumpets (or Alto Sax), Alto Sax, Tenor Sax, 2 Trombones or Tenor Sax or Baritone T.C., Percussion, Piano, Synth, Guitar/Bass, Drums, Violins 1 & 2, Viola, Cello/Bassoon and String Reduction for Keyboard.


WE SING THE SONG OF CHRISTMAS (Choral)

Lloyd Larson / Words By: Timothy Dudley-Smith

Timothy Dudley-Smith's text is a wonderful retelling of the Christmas story through the wise men, the shepherds, the song of Mary, and the angels. The beautiful original music and poetic lines build to the angel's "Gloria" and the closing refrain of adoration, "O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord!"


WELCOME TO OUR WORLD (Choral)

Chris Rice Arr. Lloyd Larson

This arrangement of Chris Rice's popular contemporary Christmas song comes from Lloyd's best-selling cantata, "Were You There on That Christmas Night?" (Code No. 8611). The SAB setting is also included in Lloyd's collection "Easy Settings III" and may be sung as either SAB or as a 2-part mixed setting by simply omitting the alto. Orchestration: Conductor's Score, Flute, Oboe (Soprano Sax or Clarinet), Clarinet, Bassoon (Bass Clarinet), Horn (Clarinet), 2 Trumpets, 2 Trombones (Baritone T.C.), Percussion I & II, Piano, Harp, 2 Violins, Viola, Cello and String Reduction.


IT CAME UPON THE MIDNIGHT CLEAR (Choral)

Richard S. Willis / Words By: Edmund H. Sears / Arr. Joel Raney

This lovely, artistic setting is sure to be a highlight of many Christmas concerts, school programs, and Christmas worship services. The piano part plays a significant role in creating an ethereal, peaceful, and solemn Christmas night building to the moment when "all the weary world rejoice!"-simply stunning!


ON A SILENT NIGHT IN BETHLEHEM (Choral)

Lloyd Larson / Words By: Mary Kay Beall

The text by Mary Kay Beall talks of the hope, love, peace, and joy of Christmas day. Lloyd Larson has set these meaningful words in a pleasant ballad and you might want to add some rhythm instruments, as was done on the recording, to embellish the light calypso feel. A great number for adult and youth choirs alike.


ANTIPHONAL NOEL, AN (Choral)

Joel Raney / Words By: Joel Raney

Here is a piece that can be used as a choral introit or a processional during the Christmas season. It also functions as a seamless introduction to the congregational singing of "The First Noel." A simple ostinato pattern for 6 handbells provides the accompaniment as Unison and SATB choirs sing an 'echo and response,' welcoming in Christmas with their joyous "noels."


MARY HAD A BABY (Choral)

Arr. Lloyd Larson

As arranged by Lloyd Larson, this blues-gospel rendition based on the traditional Christmas spiritual is richly soulful and power-packed. The addition of the Adeste Fideles "O come, let us adore him," enhances the drama while the dynamic rhythm parts heighten the impact of the retelling of King Jesus' birth in a manger. Rhythm parts: Conductor's Score, Percussion, Piano, Synth, Electric Bass and Drums.


CHRISTMAS LAUDAMUS, A (Choral)

Lee Dengler / Words By: Susan Naus Dengler

"We praise you, we bless you, we worship you, we glorify you" are presented in antiphonal effect using both Latin and English exchanged between men and women's voices. The middle section echoes the message of the angels singing, "Glory to God." Memorable melodies, lush part writing, and accessible vocal ranges all combine with a flowing piano accompaniment calling for all the world to bring their praise to God at this holy season.


THIS HOLY NIGHT (Choral)

Mary McDonald / Words By: Rose M. Aspinall

Mary McDonald and Rose Aspinall team up for this sensational Christmas Eve selection which is part love song, part lullaby, part ballad. God made a promise that he would make a way, and this quiet example of trust still speaks to us today "on this quiet, silent night."


WHAT CHILD IS THIS? (Choral)

Joel Raney / Words By: William C. Dix

This Christmas ballad by Joel Raney takes a fresh approach to an old carol by pairing the familiar text with a new, original tune. All three verses are incorporated with the middle verse using the carol GREENSLEEVES, but in common meter. This is the title selection from Joel's top-selling cantata from 2015, What Child Is This (#8661). Orchestrations: Conductor's Score, Flute, Oboe (or Soprano Sax or Clarinet), B-flat Clarinet, Horn in F (or Also Sax or Clarinet), 2 Trumpets (or Alto SaX0, 2 Trombones (or Baritone T.C. or Tenor Sax), Percussion 1 & 2, Piano, Synth, Electric Bass, 2 Violins, Cello/Bassoon (or Bass Clarinet)and String Reduction.


DING DONG! MERRILY ON HIGH (Choral)

Arr. Joel Raney

For SATB choir with an optional part for children's choir, this new Christmas offering from Joel Raney provides all of the sparkle and joy of the season with loads of options. It can be performed with a single pianist or a 4-hand piano accompaniment. A further option is a simple 3 octave handbell part to bring out the sounds of the Christmas bells ringing! SATB w/opt. Unison Choir(or Soloist), 3 oct. Handbells & 4-Hand Piano


JESUS, JESUS, REST YOUR HEAD (Choral)

Arr. William P. Gorton

The American folk song "Jesus, Jesus, Rest Your Head" is a gentle lullaby portraying the irony of the Christ Child sleeping in a lowly manger while "evil folk" sleep on feathers at their birth. The lyrical tune is simple and beautifully realized with a solo violin as the introduction. Sweet, colorful sonorities from the choir illustrate the awe of the animals at the incarnation, while the harp is evoked in the piano accompaniment - perfect for any Christmas service.


EASY ANTHEMS, VOL. 6 (Choral)

Compiled and Edited by Jane Holstein

Here is the 6th volume in our successful series of accessible voicings of top-sellers in our catalog. There are pieces for Advent, Christmas, Palm Sunday, Lent, Communion and general occasions in a variety of styles. All of these are proven winners from composers and arrangers: Joel Raney, Lloyd Larson, Joe Martin, John Carter, Jay Althouse, Marty Parks, and Ruth Schram. Each is set for SAB or Two-Part Mixed choirs.


EASY ANTHEMS FOR CHRISTMAS, Vol. 1 (Choral)

Arr. Compiled and Edited by Jane Holstein

Here is the 6th volume in our successful series of accessible voicings of top-sellers in our catalog. All of these are proven winners from arrangers Joel Raney, Lloyd Larson, and Jack Schrader. Each is set for SAB choirs.


RUN TO THE STABLE (Choral)

Charles McCartha / Words By: Charles McCartha

Drawing on the beautiful Scottish folk melody, Loch Lomond, this intimate and tender depiction of the story of Jesus' birth is beautifully set by Charles McCartha. A tasteful obbligato complements the gently flowing Gaelic melody. The optional part for Violin or C Instrument is included.


MY SOUL GLORIFIES THE LORD (Mary's Magnificat) (Choral)

David Foley / Words By: David Foley

This original composition from Dave Foley is a gentle, contemplative setting of Mary's Magnificat from Luke 1:46-56, useful during Advent, Christmas, or general worship. The option for a female soloist at the start lends itself to Mary's praise and thanks to the Lord for her child to come. Along with simple but lush accompaniment, this hymn of praise quietly glorifies God for the gift Mary carries that is about to change the world.


BETHLEHEM (Choral)

Lloyd Larson / Words By: Phillips Brooks

The 19th-century poet, Philips Brooks, was inspired on his journey to the Holy Land when he travelled to the town of Bethlehem one Christmas Eve. It became the basis of his famous poem, "O Little Town of Bethlehem," for which Lloyd Larson has crafted a new melody in this charming choral anthem. The text also draws from William Neidlinger's "The Birthday of a King." This setting comes from Lloyd's cantata Were You There on That Christmas Night (code no. 8611). Orchestrations: Conductor's Score, Flute, Oboe (or Soprano Sax or Clarinet), Clarinet in B-Flat, Horn in F (or Clarinet), 2 Trombones (or Baritone T.C.), Tuba, Percussion 1 & 2, Piano, Harp, 2 Violins, Viola, Cello, String Reduction.


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