“Praise to the Lord” is an hour-long cantata celebrating our Savior, Jesus Christ. This program is voiced for SSAATTBB, soloists and piano, with optional scores included for organ, flute, oboe (or other treble C-instrument), and cello. This is a somewhat challenging program, but our local non-auditioned group pulled it off nicely in 2011 and 2013.
Note: Most of the cello score includes only those passages where the cello needs to play a specific part; for some songs, the cello part simply mirrors the bass line of the song. The cellist may also follow the bass line in the organ score for other passages as desired.
There are five narrators for the program. Narrators 1 and 2 have most of the spoken parts.
Narrator 2 sings solo sections in “Because He Spoke to Me” and “The Prodigal.”
Narrator 3 is the mother of the child soloist in “A Place in His Arms.”
Narrator 4 is a soloist with one spoken passage preceding “His Tears Were Mine.”
Narrator 5 is a soloist with one spoken passage preceding “He is There.”
Piano/Choir score (The pianist and choir read from this score, and since the conductor’s score is unwieldy and ugly, chances are you’ll want to conduct from this one.)
Organ score (Optional. The organ plays the voice parts most of the time, and the difficulty is about the level of standard hymns.)
Conductor’s Score (Like all conductor’s scores… unwieldy, long, too many page turns. Use this for reference.)
Personal Composer Downloads
These are .zip files containing .pc files. Use these to transpose or resize the scores with the Personal Composer demo found here.
Most of these have audio demos available. Performers’ interpretations may differ from the printed score. I have included two audio tracks that are piano only–“Upon the Altar” (crucifixion) and “The Stone is Rolled Away” (resurrection). Hopefully those will be helpful to you in learning those particular songs.
Praise to the Lord (introduction)
Upon the Altar (Choir–recording begins several beats into the score)
Upon the Altar (Piano only)
The Stone is Rolled Away
Praise to the Lord-Finale (Choir)