Sacred Section

With the exception of 'Christmas Music' this grouping contains anything written for use in a church, temple (or grove)  maybe ? Nay, I don't think much for the 'grove' was ever written down…well…the "Rite of Spring"?

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Amazing Grace - SATB

This tune is older than the famous words which were written to express the sorrow of a former slaver who saw the "Light of Reason". This arrangement comes in an ATB & SATB form for the same price..

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Balm In Gilead

'Balm in Gilead' is a traditional African American Spiritual. All of these melodies and words seem to have the "weight of sorrow" in every sylable and note.

Scored for SATB recorders there is an introduction and Verses. Great for a Prelude this requires attention to the movement of the harmony against the melody. 

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Blessed Assurance

"Blessed Assurance" dated from the 1870's and was composed by Phoebe Knapp who was friend of the famous lyrcist, Fanny Corsby (pictured). This melody and text is a beloved hymn of a large majority of the Protestant denominations.

The SATB setting is simple but varied.

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Come, Thou Fount

"Come, Thou Fount" has been in the hymnary since 1758 and represents the change from the use of Psalms as the only form of congregational singing to the rise of hymns which began to have prominence.

Scored for SATB recorders I have arranged the melody in three differing ways.
 

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Count Your Blessings

"Count Your Blessings" was composed by Edwin Excell and was one of my Granny Kemp's favorites. Scored for SATB Recorders it is a great addition to an Elder-care program.

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Down By the Riverside

African-American Spiritual with deep roots in slavery then in the struggle for civil rights. Still a a lively tune.

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For the Beauty of the Earth

'For the Beauty of the Earth' was composed by Conrad Docher in 1838 and has remained on the traditional favorites list ever since. (I know - I've never seen that list either.)

Arranged for SATB recorders this is an excellent hymn for a beginning group.

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His Eye Is On The Sparrow

This moving hymn was first printed in 1905. I can still hear Ethel Waters sing the melody and works with such passionate emotion that I cried for beauty of her voice. This arrangement tries to recall that moment and the many time I heard 'His Eye Is On the Sparrow" sund at the "New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.

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How Great Thou Art

"How Great Thou Art" is a Swedish Folk Melody which has been in use there for generations.

Scored for SATB recorders the harmonies are somewhat enriched.
 

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Hymn Medley # 1

'Hymn Medley # 1" contains three hymns from my childhood, 'When the Roll Is Called Up Yonder', 'What a Friend We Have in Jesus" and ' Standin' in the Need of Prayer'. I can remember hearing and singing these at the 'Family' church (which is a very long story indeed).

This setting is voice as TTB but could be done SSA or better yet as 8' and 4' choir. It is fun with some harmonic surprises along the way.

The picture is from 1947 or so. This is my beloved grandmother, her children, and her grandchildren. Well, most of them anyway. At this time they all lived within aa radius of 10 miles in Oklahoma. You can see that times were hard.

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I'll Fly Away!

"I'll Fly Away" was composed by Albert E. Brumley in 1932 and this arrangement follows by memories of hearing this hymn often in the rural family church which was accustomed to meet in an abandoned school house own by one of the members. 

Scored for SATB recorders this is a rollicking tune.
 

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Jesus Loves Me

"Jesus Loves Me" is a hymn which dates from 1860 and has been in almost continuous use since that time.

The simple SATB arrangement shifts the melody from voice to voice giving opportunities for introspection and rich harmonies.
 
 

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Joyful, Joyful, Wa Adore Thee

This hymn stands along-side of 'Amazing Grace' as one of the best known of the Christian Church. It has been translated into many languages. This arrangement is lively with the melody shared among the parts.

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Precious Lord, Take My Hand

"Precious Lord, Take My Hand" is an moving turn by the famous Thomas A. Dorsey. My memory is very clear of hearing this for the first time as a young boy and crying at the moving voice of Ethel Waters.

Scored for ATTB recorders I have tried to put me memories of the New Orleans Jazz Festival 'Gospel Tent' in every measure.

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Prelude on 'Be Thou My Vision'

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Processional Interludes on 'Pange Lingua'

Rene Vierne was the younger brother of Louisee Vierne, famous organist and composer for the organ. Rene was on track to be just as famous as his older brother but deployment in World War I ended his life.

These 'Interludes" are based on the hymn 'Pange Lingua' which the composer divided into 4 sections and then provided these  compositions to follow each section. 

I can just hear the choir chanting each section and then moving slowly forward during each 'interlude'.

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Sheep May Safely Graze

'Sheep May Safely Graze" is one J.S. Bach's well beloved melodies. This arrangements was composed by Clark VannGriffith and my transcription is after his lovely work for piano.

The Alto1 player must change to Soprano for about 4 measures and then right back to Alto. The Alto 2 part has a few extreme high notes (think of it as a lovely challange).  

The attached sound file has the soprano notes playing in the wrong octave. (sorry)

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The Rosary

'The Rosary' is a very popular sacred song by Ethelbert Nevin from the turn of the 19th century. It was heard in every Roman Catholic church in the nation (I don't really think that is a stretch).  This arrangement was done for my friend, Alice Derbyshire, whose mother loved this song.

Arranged for SATB recorders this is a good one at Elder Care Centers. 
 

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Three African-American Slave Melodies

"Three Africian-American Slave Melodies" contains three seperate arrangements of 'Didn't My Lord Deliver Danial', 'Little David Play On Your Harp' and 'Steal Away to Jesus'. If you know these melodies there is nothing to add. There is a whole world of which arose from the suffering of slavery. These notes bear the weight and wisdom of those years.

These settings are for Alto, Tenor, Bass in various 4 part arrangements.  The first two are lively but the last is sorrowful to the core.

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We Gather Together

'We Gather Together' is a folk tune from the Netheerlands and scored here for SATB recorders. 

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Were You There?

"Were You There" is an African American Slave Melody which has risen to prominence during the season of Easter in many churches.  The repeated question 'Were you there" which begins every verse serves to heighten the emotional impact of each verse.

This SATBBGb arrangement tries to portray the emotional impact the great melody. 
 

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