October 27, 2013 | Blog | admin | Comments Off on New LDS Christmas chorals for 2013
So many wonderful holiday selections have come about this season that we wanted to be sure to share! Read through the selections and perhaps choose a few to add to your Thanksgiving or Christmas musical programs this year.
This Thanksgiving opener for three-part choir, with words and music by Janice Kapp Perry, expresses true gratitude to our Savior and also bears a strong testimony of Him and His mercy in times of sorrow:
“I thank Him for grace and for all tender mercies,
And each healing ray that descends from His throne.
In sadness or sorrow, His comfort I’ll borrow.
Thru tears and thru trials, my strength He will be.”
A joyful, upbeat Christmas anthem, adapted from the German carol Fröhlich soll mein Herze springen, with music by T. Chemain Evans—for an excellent pianist and choir, to add brightness and breadth to a traditional Christmas program.
This well-loved Christmas carol has been revamped, combining fresh, new music by Nathan Howe with traditional text by John Menzies MacFarlane, adding new light and interest to the traditional anthem—arranged here for mixed chorus and piano accompaniment in A flat major (four flats).
A beautiful nativity anthem for three-part choir, with words and music by Jon G. Holloman, that tells of the shepherds and wise men who visited the Christ child.
This original carol begins simply and grows in strength when, in the final verse—after the shepherds and wise men have testified—the choir sings: “I will come on bended knee. I will come that I may see. The perfect Lamb, the great I Am! I will come on bended knee.” A powerful testimony of personal witness and faith.
Another original Christmas hymn, this time with words and music by Jackie Frost Halversen, testifies of Christ as the Son of God and Redeemer of the world, even before He was born in Bethlehem town:
“He willingly followed His Father
as He came here to earth as His Son.
Tho He lived as a mortal, He loved as a God!
This man among men, This King among Kings!
An optional violin obbligato is included on the final page of the choral for additional warmth. The accompaniment is moving and graceful and requires a skilled pianist, transitioning between A flat major and E major.
Sweet, reverent anthem with lyrics by Barbara E. Tanner and music by Richard W. Smith for three-part choir and piano.
The gentle carol is sung directly to Joseph, retelling of his journey to Bethlehem and his personal witness of the divinity of Jesus. Barbara’s text paints a vivid picture of this faithful man as he weeps with joy at Christ’s birth and sings along with the angels’ song “so bright with the promise of love.”
A joyful arrangement of the beloved Christmas opener, arranged by Jackie Frost Halversen, with great brightness and movement within all four voices—a fun, stirring beginning to any Christmas program. Beginning in D flat major but quickly transitioning to D major (two sharps) for the rest of the piece.
Christmas anthem for Latter-day Saints, arranged for mixed chorus and piano by Brent Jorgensen and with text by Margaret Tueller.
Margaret’s beautiful lyrics describe with hope four forms of truth and light brought to us through Jesus Christ: the light that came into the world with the birth of Christ, the light of the new star signaling Christ’s birth to the distant Nephites, the light of truth when God the Father and His Son appeared to Joseph Smith, and the light of the millennial reign when Christ comes again.
A beautiful new cantata by Margaret Whitaker Jensen, combining scripture and narration to recount the night of the nativity: a night of hope, of light, and of joy and rejoicing—a perfect compilation of text and carols to create a sacred, stirring program for any Christmas setting.
New arrangement of the traditional, lilting Christmas carol, arranged here for women’s voices (SSA) and piano by Lyle Archibald and edited by Will Kesling. As in this piece, sometimes the original melody remains the most stirring. Accompaniment transitions between G major and A flat major.
An unexpected anthem combining lyrics from the beloved poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and beautiful music by Jackie Frost Halversen—this peace expresses depth and radiance through the message of the nativity.