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CHRIST THE LORD IS RISEN TODAY

Arr. Joel Raney

Similar in concept to Joel Raney's wildly successful piano and organ duets with optional choral introits, this is the first in a series of worship openers for solo piano plus choir. Perfect for churches with an accomplished pianist, the prelude incorporates "Lift High the Cross" and builds until the choir enters at the very end with an exuberant delivery of the chorus of "Christ the Lord is Risen Today." Four and a half minutes in length, the piano solo is of moderate difficulty, and the accessible and reproducible choral part is included in the score. This is a dynamic and exciting way to open an Easter service with minimal preparation for the choir.


THINE IS THE GLORY (Choral)

Arr. Mary McDonald

This classic Easter hymn is given a dynamic treatment for four-part choir with optional brass quintet. The text is sprinkled with biblical illusions from I Corinthians 15: "O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting," and from Romans: "we are more than conquerors through him who loved us," making it an ideal choice for Resurrection Sunday.


CHRIST IS RISEN, ALLELUIA! (Choral)

Jay L. Althouse / Words By: Jay L. Althouse

This exuberant Easter anthem opens with a joyous, hymn-like melody, harmonized in a straightforward manner. This leads to a statement of the majestic hymn "Christ the Lord Is Risen Today" in a comfortable key, making it ideal for having the congregation join in. Returning to the original melody for a powerful conclusion makes this an accessible, uplifting musical presentation for Easter Sunday.


AGNUS DEI (Choral)

Michael W. Smith Stuart K. Hine Arr. Joel Raney

This Michael W. Smith "classic" is ideal for any worship occasion and especially communion services reflecting on Jesus, the Lamb of God. The inclusion of a portion of "How Great Thou Art" expands and reinforces this anthem of praise to the Lord God Almighty.


THIS IS AMAZING GRACE (Choral)

Joshua Neil Farro Jeremy Riddle, Phil Wickham Arr. Lloyd Larson

This popular contemporary title expresses the majesty and power of Jesus, the King of glory who conquered the grave. The refrain will have everyone singing along about the amazing grace that Jesus offers through his sacrifice on the cross - ideal for the Easter season. Rhythm Parts: keyboard (synth), acoustic guitar, bass & drums.


COME, PEOPLE OF THE RISEN KING (Choral)

Kristyn Getty Stuart Townend, Keith Getty Arr. Lloyd Larson

This dynamic hymn setting calls for the church of Christ, both young and old, to rejoice in the risen King. A verse of the Charles Wesley hymn "Rejoice, the Lord Is King!" is seamlessly woven into the fabric and heightens the impact of this celebration of Christ our Lord and King. Rhythm Parts: Conductor's score, horn, violin, piano, synth, acoustic guitar, electric bass, percussion 1 & 2.


THE WORD OF LIFE (Choral)

Words By: John L. Bell / Arr. Joel Raney

This lively folk song is paired with a text that tells the story of Jesus' life from birth to his death and resurrection, reminding us that "he's there when we call him, bringing health, love, and laughter to life now and ever after, for the good of us all." The optional flute and handbells embellish the charming Irish flavor.


EASTER HYMN OF PROMISE (Choral|Handbell|Organ & Piano Duets)

Natalie Sleeth Arr. Joel Raney

Built on the popular Natalie Sleeth title, and incorporating the tunes, EASTER HYMN, PASSION CHORALE and DIADEMATA, this festive Easter prelude is the latest addition to Joel Raney's exciting series of piano/organ worship openers with SATB choir entering at the conclusion for an optional choral introit. The optional part 3-5 octave handbells with optional 3-5 octave handchimes is a fully developed Level 2 setting that greatly enhances the overall presentation. Both Keyboard Parts (Reproducible SATB Choral Introit Included)


CHRIST HAS ARISEN! (An Easter Introit) (Choral)

Daniel Mattix

Daniel Mattix has written an original Call to Worship that will serve as a joyful, triumphant opening to any Easter celebration. Included in the middle is a responsive litany. There are six versions for each Sunday of Eastertide. To accommodate a wide variety of needs, the composition features a variety of options and a flexible instrumentation. It can be realized with piano or organ, optional trumpet, optional 6 handbells, and any combination of singers: women only, men only, children, teens, or SATB voices. SATB w/opt. B-flat Trumpet & 6 Handbells (Included)


CHRIST IS ALIVE! (Choral)

Allen Pote / Words By: Allen Pote

Proclaiming "He is risen! Alleluia!" here is Allen Pote's exuberant Easter Day anthem for SATB choir, with optional organ, brass and percussion. The story of the tomb unfolds and leads up to an impressive display of contrapuntal "alleluias" between the voice parts, all making for a festive celebration of the risen Lord. SATB


WORTHY IS THE LAMB OF GOD (Revelation 5:12) (Choral)

Thomas E. Fettke / Words By: Thomas E. Fettke

This Tom Fettke original is based on Revelation 5:12, "Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches, wisdom, and strength." The memorable choral lines make this anthem especially easy to learn and chord symbols have been added for the option of adding rhythm. SATB


HOLY SPIRIT, LIVING BREATH OF GOD (Choral)

Keith Getty Stuart Townend / Words By: Stuart Townend / Arr. Lloyd Larson

This Keith Getty and Stuart Townend song is useful anytime of the year and especially for Pentecost Sunday. Lloyd Larson's masterful setting features an elegant piano accompaniment and optional cello part. Set in three verses, the first is a prayer for personal renewal, the second is a prayer for the gifts of the Spirit "to show Christ in all I do," and the third is for the universal church to "hunger for your ways."


BLESSED ARE THEY (Choral)

Joel Raney / Words By: Joel Raney

From the Quick Study Choral series, Joel Raney's Palm Sunday original features flowing choral lines that are easily learned with a minimum of rehearsal. This setting's original incarnation was in Joel's popular Tenebrae service, The Seven Last Days (#8591). Instrumental parts: Conductor's Score, Flute, Oboe, Violin & Cello.


THE DAY FOR REJOICING (Choral)

Charles McCartha / Words By: Charles McCartha

Sparkling with excitement and joy, this Easter anthem by Charles McCartha is accessible to choirs of all sizes and skill levels. Blending in the familiar "Christ the Lord Is Risen Today" with original text and music, the anthem serves as an inspiring celebration of Christ's resurrection. SATB


ON RESURRECTION MORN (Choral)

Jan McGuire Joel Raney

This Easter anthem reflects on the love and peace that will live again on resurrection morn, when joy will come at daybreak and hope will be reborn! With lyrics by Jan McGuire and an engaging choral setting by Joel Raney, this is a sure winner for the Easter season.


INCLINE YOUR EAR, O LORD (Choral)

Michael Morgan Arr. Hal H. Hopson

This paraphrase of Psalm 86 is beautifully paired with Hal Hopson's familiar tune GIFT OF LOVE, offering a prayerful ballad for SATB choirs. The final verse acclaims that all nations will worship and glorify God, making this doubly useful for World Communion or mission Sundays.


LIFT HIGH THE CROSS (Choral)

Michael R. Newbolt George W. Kitchin Arr. Thomas E. Fettke

This classic hymn takes on new life in arranger Tom Fettke's hands! A powerful choral proclamation in its introduction, along with a contrasting middle section based on John 3:16, "God so loved the world," allowing for a poignant solo moment, makes this a stunning anthem for the Lent and Easter season.


THINE IS THE GLORY (Handbell)

George F. Handel Arr. Joel Raney

This brilliant Easter hymn by George Frideric Handel is set by Joel Raney for 3-5 octave handbells and piano in a delightful "classical" style. Clean, crisp lines alternate between the handbells and the keyboard creating a glorious presentation with very few bell changes and plenty of dynamic techniques, ideal for Easter morning!


CROWN HIM WITH MANY CROWNS (Handbell)

G. J. Elvey Arr. Arnold Sherman Joel Raney

For the Easter season, here is an effective, rhythmic setting of a Joel Raney hymn setting that has been newly transcribed for handbells by Arnold Sherman. With a tempo marking of Con brio, you can imagine the energy and joyous character for which this hymn has been treated. An optional trumpet part is provided for festive occasions.


CROWN HIM WITH MANY CROWNS (Instrumental|Organ)

G. J. Elvey Arr. Lloyd Larson

For organ and brass quartet (opt. quintet/sextet) this 4-1/2-minute regal setting captures the joy of the resurrection! The organ part provides magnificent support and interplay with flourishing passages - together with the festive brass writing creating a triumphant presentation for the Easter season. Includes a Conductor's Score, 2 B-flat Trumpets, Horn in F, 2 Trombones, Tuba (in addition or in lieu of Trombone II) & Organ.


THINE IS THE GLORY (Choral)

George F. Handel Arr. Paul Leddington Wright

This latest addition to our new Concertato Series is a festival hymn setting perfect for the Easter season. Arranger, Paul Leddington Wright, has crafted a majestic setting of the Handel tune for SATB choir with Organ, optional Brass, Timpani and Congregation. This stunning arrangement brings out the wonderfully accessible harmonic possibilities in this time honored hymn. The Brass packet includes a Conductor's Score and parts for: Trumpet 1, Trumpet 2, Horn in F, Trombone, Tuba, Timpani, and Percussion.


ALLELUIA, CHRIST IS RISEN (An Easter Introit) (Choral)

Jay L. Althouse / Words By: Jay L. Althouse

Celebrating the resurrection of Jesus, here is a festive offering from Jay Althouse, ideal for opening your Easter Day service. It begins with a fanfare-like section followed by a flowing melody. The voice parts are easily learned and the accompaniment works equally well on piano or organ. Optional brass and timpani add an exuberant touch for your Easter celebration. Brass parts include conductor's score, trumpets, French horn, trombone, and tuba. SATB w/ opt. Brass


CHRIST IS RISEN! SHOUT HOSANNA! (Choral)

David Haas / Words By: Brian Wren / Arr. Mark Hayes

Hear the joy of Easter morning with Mark Hayes' festive setting of this Brian Wren hymn text paired with David Haas' regal tune, HOSANNA. From the opening line "Christ is risen! Shout hosanna! Celebrate this day of days!" this expression of Easter joy captures the triumph of the resurrection. Brass parts include a Conductor's Score, B-Flat Trumpets 1 & 2, Trombones 1 & 2, and Horn in F in lieu of Trombone 1. SATB w/ opt. Brass


I AM THE LORD OF THE DANCE (Musicals)

Words By: Joel Raney

Sydney Carter's classic hymn, "Lord of the Dance," is a metaphor of the life of Christ. In beautiful, poetic language, Carter describes Jesus as The Piper, calling his followers to the dance of life. This 30-minute musical from Joel Raney is an elaboration on that hymn, portraying each verse individually in a dramatic, colorful presentation - all retelling the story from John 3:16, "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life." Appropriate for use anytime during Lent or Holy Week, for Palm Sunday or Easter morning, there is an additional narration and underscore that leads into an exciting, complete setting of "Lord of the Dance," celebrating Christ's victorious resurrection. For Maundy Thursday or Good Friday, it may be concluded with the musical benediction "My Jesus, I Love Thee." Narration and scripture have been carefully chosen to complete the story, tying together the verses of Lord of the Dance with a variety of other timeless hymns and songs, creating a meaningful worship experience for the congregation. The piano accompaniment works extremely well by itself, while the optional instrumental parts require a minimal number of players and will enhance the overall effect. The Instrumental Parts include a Conductor's Score and parts for Flute, Oboe, Violin and Cello.


FORTH HE CAME AT EASTER (Choral)

Allen Pote / Words By: Allen Pote

The story of Easter unfolds in this festive celebration by Allen Pote with a contrasting middle section featuring text from the hymn "Now the Green Blade Riseth." The conclusion is a triumphant exaltation of "Christ is risen, alleluia!" Optional parts for Brass (trumpets, trombones) and Timpani make this a glorious celebration of the resurrection.


BECAUSE HE LIVES (Choral)

William J. Gaither Arr. Joel Raney

The perfect opening to your Easter Day worship, this introit from Joel Raney on Gloria and Bill Gaither's beloved Easter hymn says it all, "Because he lives, I can face tomorrow." Optional Brass, Timpani and Handbells add to the glory. The 3-5 octave Handbell Part is included.


LIFT HIGH THE CROSS (Choral)

Sydney H. Nicholson / Words By: Michael R. Newbolt George W. Kitchin / Arr. Paul Leddington Wright

Launching a new Concertato Series, this festival hymn setting for SATB choirs with optional Brass and Congregation is ideal for Palm Sunday, Easter, and general worship. Arranger, Paul Leddington Wright, who is well-known in the UK for the BBC television series, Songs of Praise, is a master at leading congregational song. With this flexible, straight-forward setting, he offers plenty of dignity and poise, all capped by a brief but grand instrumental coda. Brass parts include conductor's score, trumpets (2 B-flat), trombone, horn (in F), tuba, and percussion.


I WILL SING OF MY REDEEMER (Handbell)

Rowland H. Prichard Arr. Lloyd Larson

This festive setting of the hymn tune, HYFRYDOL, spans the entire dynamic spectrum beginning and ending with strong, bold chords. The middle section provides a contrasting, contemplative treatment of the hymn, warmly enhanced by an effective key change. Ideally suited for Palm Sunday or Easter, this jubilant setting may also be utilized in general worship or concert venues.


THINE IS THE GLORY (Handbell)

George F. Handel Arr. Susan E. Geschke

Susan Geschke's fresh setting of this time-honored Easter hymn reflects a spirit of celebration. Echo techniques, marts, and mart lifts combine to add color and sparkle. Easily learned and alive with joy, it is the eighth piece in Susan Geschke's Two-Octave Gem Series of settings designed specifically for the two octave choir.


WHEN IN OUR MUSIC GOD IS GLORIFIED (Choral)

Charles V. Stanford / Words By: Fred Pratt Green / Arr. Joseph M. Martin

From the late 20th century hymn writer, Fred Pratt Green, here is one of his most significant contributions to modern day hymnody. In this robust choral setting by Joseph Martin, the grand majesty and scope of worshiping God through music is revealed. Colorful word painting by use of carefully placed chromatics sets the tone for the fourth stanza depicting Jesus singing a psalm on the night of his betrayal. An array of "alleluias" completes this marvelous anthem with every instrument and voice raised in song.


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