- “Gesù, Bambino” and a new duet setting of “Born to Wear a Crown”
October 24, 2014
In this latest installment of the Christmas Music Deluge, I’ve added a new arrangement of “Gesù Bambino,” (Pietro Yon/Frederick H. Martens) for Solo, SSA or SSATB choir.
I love the original dearly just the way it is, so in arranging it I tried to do something a little different. This arrangement is designed to be a bit more upbeat and sound a bit more modern. Here’s a recording from Allyse Smith Taylor’s Christmas album. Also new this time is a duet arrangement of “Born to Wear a Crown, with optional flute obbligato. Here’s Allyse’s duet with James Loynes. Until now, this song was available only for SATB or SSA. If you’d like to hear the choral, listen to this lovely recording I found of one of the Ogden Institute Choirs singing it a few years ago at a Church Music Festival. What a lovely performance!
The 128kbps audio files from Allyse’s album are available free on the individual song pages. You can get the high-bitrate files from CDBaby or iTunes. There is also an accompaniment tracks version available both from CDBaby or iTunes.
Also, until November 1, you can get the “On a Still and Starry Night” CD with vocals by Allyse Smith Taylor for $2.50 per copy.
Next up: “In the Bleak Midwinter” and… hmmm… well, I haven’t decided yet! Hopefully within the week again. (Did you notice I actually managed it this week? **pats self on back** )
- On a Still and Starry Night (my 2014 Christmas Card Carol) and The First Noel
October 18, 2014
And it’s only October! How does *that* happen?
This year’s carol, “On a Still and Starry Night,” is available as an easy hymn-style one-pager, or as a vocal solo or SATB anthem, both with violin obbligato. There’s also a new vocal/flute duet, “The First Noel,” based on the piano solo I arranged years ago. (You see? I really do respond to requests. It just takes me a decade or two.)
Both these songs and 11 others have been recorded by the lovely and talented Allyse Smith Taylor, and are available on a new CD titled “On a Still and Starry Night.”
As usual, you can download the 128kbps files free from the individual song pages, or get the high-bitrate files from CDBaby or iTunes. There is also an accompaniment tracks version available both from CDBaby or iTunes. (If you prefer, these also find their way onto Amazon… eventually.)
The album is also available on CD, and as a Merry Christmas from us to you, until November 1, you can get the “On a Still and Starry Night” CD with vocals by Allyse Smith Taylor for $2.50 per copy, plus shipping.
Here is “On a Still and Starry Night.”
And here is “The First Noel.”
Next up, hopefully within the week, are arrangements of “Gesu, Bambino” and a duet setting of “Born to Wear a Crown.”
- Last Christmas…
September 26, 2014
…I came up with a Christmas Card Carol, alas, too late to post the score. So here it is as the first offering of the Christmas barrage that is about to begin. It’s called “Star of Wonder,” and it’s set for vocal solo only, with optional violin obbligato. The recording includes vocals by James Loynes, and violin by Sarah Crowther.
Here’s a YouTube video–just lyrics as the song goes along.
Be proud of me though… this year’s Christmas Card Carol is already finished, along with a couple of other new things. They’re part of an album I’m working on with Allyse Smith Taylor that will be out in a couple of weeks.
- Some odds and ends, because of…
July 3, 2014
…a new compilation CD. That I finally finished. Hallelujah. It’s called “He is My Song,” and here’s a list of what’s on the disk, with links to the song pages and a description of the new material that’s been added:
- Be Still, My Soul (James Loynes)
- The Lord is My Shepherd (Heather Prusse)
- This is How I Know (Leilani Toloa Johnson)
- Prayer is the Soul’s Sincere Desire (Allyse Smith Taylor) – the accompaniment track for this one is now available for the first time.
- Make Us One (James Loynes) – this is a new recording by one of my favorite voices
- I Need Thee Every Hour (Sarah Crowther)
- I Glory in My Jesus (Jacosa Limutau)
- Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing (Tj Pini) – this is a new recording by a newcomer to the site… I think you’re going to *love* her!
- Gethsemane (James Loynes) – another new recording, and a new piano accompaniment that’s a bit more interesting than the original.
- It Was for Me (Jacosa Limutau)
- For Me Alone (Heather Prusse)
- This is My Father’s World (James Loynes) – this includes a new violin obbligato. (See? I do get around to requests occasionally.)
- The Master’s Voice (Allyse Smith Taylor) – the accompaniment track for this one is now available for the first time.
- He is My All (Heather Prusse and James Loynes)
Last but not least, the Personal Composer files are now done and posted for all the tracks included, so transpose to your heart’s content.Here’s a playlist so you can listen to the whole thing if you’d like, and info on where to get the album or any part thereof:
Listen to this album…
There’s also an accompaniment tracks album available. Here’s the playlist and info for that one:
Listen to this album…
Happy Thursday! Have a lovely weekend.
- Lest we forget our home’s with God…
May 5, 2014
In the August 2010 edition of the Ensign magazine, a lovely hymn titled “Come Home” appeared. We used it in our ward choir, and I liked it well enough that when the composer, Michael Moody, suggested that I arrange it for choral anthem, I was thrilled at the prospect. Since Heather and I were working on a project at the time, I also arranged it for solo with equal-voice harmony, and we included it on the “Reaching for the Light” album.
Here’s the result:
The title is suggestive of music that might be appropriate for a funeral, and while the lyrics would certainly be suitable for that use, the broader message of the song is simply a warm invitation to each of us to return to our Heavenly Father, to live forever with Him as an eternal family.
Scores for the arrangements of “Come Home” are available for SATB choir or for solo with optional equal-voice harmony. There is also a separate score for the obbligatos.
My idea is that there is music in the air, music all around us, the world is full of it and you simply take as much as you require.
(Sir Edward Elgar, 1857-1934)