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HOPE! (Musicals)

Arr. Joel Raney

Following up on the success of last year's gospel Christmas cantata, Joy!, Joel Raney once again brings his masterful ability to compose new and creative rhythms that showcase his grasp of the gospel style to Hope! The Christmas story unfolds through six compelling choral settings for SATB voices. Scripture readings guide us to the manger and reflect on the promise of hope we find in Christ's birth. Accompaniment can be provided by just piano, or Ed Hogan's lively orchestration, or a smaller set of rhythm parts. Performance time is 25-minutes, making this ideal for fitting into a Christmas worship service or as a separate musical program. Rhythm parts: Conductor's Score, Percussion, Piano, Synth, Guitar/Bass, Capo Guitar (3 songs), Drums and 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 (Capo Guitar on 3 songs*), Drums, Violins 1 & 2, Viola, Cello/Bassoon (or Bass Clarinet*)and String Reduction for Keyboard. *Parts are included on the CD-ROM. The publisher grants permission to the purchaser to print parts from the CD-ROM for use in your church's performance.


O COME, ALL YE FAITHFUL (Piano)

Arr. Joel Raney

This Christmas prelude for piano is from Joel Raney and includes the option to have an SATB choir entering at the conclusion for an optional choral introit. A perfect beginning to a Christmas service, this setting combines three melodies: Joy to the World!, Rejoice, Greatly from Handel's MESSIAH, and O Come, All Ye Faithful.


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.


HOLLY JOLLY CHRISTMAS, A (Handbell)

Johnny Marks Arr. Joel Raney

This holiday classic was made famous by Burl Ives as the title track from his 1965 Christmas album. The charm and nuances that make this favorite tug at the heartstrings and call up fond memories from Christmases past are perfectly captured in this enchanting setting. The addition of handchimes, synth strings and percussion further enhances the feeling of this magical time of the year.


WEXFORD CAROL (Handbell)

Arr. Jason Krug

This creative arrangement of a traditional Irish tune starts off with a Renaissance flair featuring open harmonies and tenor drum, then gives way to a sedate middle verse introducing handchime accompaniment with the melody in the middle octaves before returning to the festive feel of the opening. You can't miss with this energetic and engaging choice for your Christmas season. Percussion Parts: Tenor Drum and Wind Chimes.


SILENT NIGHT (Handbell)

Franz Gruber Arr. Sandra Eithun

The perfect offering for that sensitive moment in your Christmas program or service, this refreshing take allows the listener to rediscover the beauty of this timeless carol.


LITTLE DRUMMER BOY, THE (Handbell)

Simeone Davis, Onorati Arr. Joel Raney

This delightful presentation of this well-loved Christmas song is a dynamic fully developed setting that is perfect for Christmas concerts in schools, communities, and churches. The optional parts for synth and percussion add nuance and festive charm...pa-rum pum pum pum!


CAROL OF THE BELLS (Handbell)

Mykola Leontovich Arr. Expanded scoring by Michael Ryan Douglas E. Wagner

This Christmas classic begins with the effect of tower bells ringing throughout the countryside, then gracefully transitions into the familiar, quintessential tune for a handbell setting. The charm of this dynamic arrangement is matched with its carefully crafted level of difficulty making this accessible to many bell choirs.


IN A MANGER (Handbell)

Arr. Joel Raney

Bringing together a number of familiar carols this Christmas medley combines piano with 3-5 octave handbells in a powerful back-and-forth dialogue between the two instruments. This is the second setting from Joel for piano and bells following his best-selling "Thine Is the Glory," code no. 2713.


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.


IT'S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR (Handbell)

Arr. Edward Pola & George Wyle Joel Raney

This 1963 pop standard was released by Andy Williams for his first Christmas record and is a celebration and description of the many and varied activities associated with the holiday season. It focuses on friends and family, spending time with loved ones, sledding for children, and kissing under the mistletoe. A dynamic, jazz waltz setting by Joel Raney captures the energy and verve deserving of this Christmas sensation. The optional parts for Synth & Percussion enliven the presentation. There are two versions available, a 3-5 oct. Level 3 and a 3-6 oct. Level 4.


CHRISTMAS EXPRESSIONS (Piano)

Arr. Joel Raney

This exquisite new solo piano collection by Joel Raney is filled with familiar carols in settings that express the charm and beauty of both text and tune. The 4-hand piano collection is identical to the solo piano book, except that two pianist join in the performance. These are sure to dazzle a Christmas service with beautiful expressions of these familiar carols.


JOY! (Musicals)

Arr. Joel Raney

Telling the Christmas story through six dynamic choral settings, Joel Raney brings his masterful ability to compose new and creative rhythms that showcase his grasp of the gospel style to this impactful presentation for SATB choirs. Christmas carols like you've never heard before, all performed with an interspersing of scripture readings. Accompaniment can be provided by just piano, or Ed Hogan's lively orchestration or a smaller set of rhythm parts. Performance time is 25-minutes making this ideal for fitting into a Christmas worship service or as a separate musical program. 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. Rhythm Parts: Conductor's Score, Percussion, Piano, Synth, Guitar/Bass, Drums and String Reduction for Keyboard. The Publisher grants permission to the purchaser to print parts from the CD-ROM for the use in your church's performance.


CHRISTMAS TIDINGS:Settings for Organ (Organ)

Arr. Larry Shackley

This is Larry Shackley's premiere organ collection in the Hope catalog and with it he brings his well-known originality and style to each setting. These carols are filled with uplifting surprises that bring something new to each well-known tune. Moderately easy.


BELL TREE CHRISTMAS (Handbell)

Arr. Linda R. Lamb

This collection includes bell tree solos for the entire Christmas season from Advent through Epiphany. Each title begins with the familiar melody, followed by a variation. Options are given for each selection to be played in its entirety, or abbreviated with instructions written in the score.


SILENT NIGHT (Handbell)

Franz Gruber Arr. Sondra Tucker

A very intentional "Homage to Brubeck" this setting by Sondra Tucker captures the smooth jazz flavor so characteristic of his sound. The mellow harmonies give way to a gentle swing in the middle section, and the piece concludes as quietly as it begins - sure to make a sublime addition to any winter concert or Christmas program.


CROWN HIM LORD OF ALL! (Handbell)

Arr. Derek K. Hakes

Celebrating the coronation of our Savior and King, here is an easy, straightforward setting of two familiar hymn tunes. With no bell changes, but plenty of techniques, this arrangement will keep ringers busy while sounding more challenging than it actually is.


ALL IS WELL (Handbell)

Wayne Kirkpatrick Michael W. Smith Arr. Joel Raney

Joel Raney's setting of Michael W. Smith's mega-hit Christmas song was commissioned by The Agape Ringers in loving memory of Debbie Perisho, who was with the ensemble for 13 years before losing her battle to cancer. This powerful setting beautifully expresses the message that in both life and death, all is well.


O COME, LITTLE CHILDREN (Handbell)

Arr. Sondra Tucker

This whimsical take on the familiar German carol charmingly captures the joy of the season. The offbeat rhythms, scale work and malleted sections perfectly illustrate the excitement we see in children at this time of year.


BREATH OF HEAVEN (Handbell)

Amy Grant & Chris Eaton Arr. Sandra Eithun

Amy Grant's poignant and haunting contemporary Christmas classic has been set for 3-7 octaves of handbells and optional handchimes. The opening suspended mallets create an ethereal backdrop for this well-known text which shares the inner voice of Mary as she journeys to Bethlehem to give birth to the Christ child. Her conversation with God reveals her fears and confusion as she cries out for God to "be with me now." The quiet and subtle closing provides a sense of resolve as Mary accepts her task and trust in her Lord.


ON CHRISTMAS DAY IN THE MORNING (Handbell)

Arr. Tammy Waldrop

The writer of the English carol, "I Saw Three Ships," paints a vivid picture of Christmas morning; gleaming vessels in full sail, colorful flags snapping in the crisp air, bells ringing out from churches, great and small. It was this image that inspired arranger, Tammy Waldrop to use jaunty rhythms, pealing bell lines and a touch of Celtic style to propel her setting of this seasonal favorite.


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."


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