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Music for Easter- SATB+Children's choir

Hello, 
 
I'm looking for an Easter anthem for SATB+unison children's choir.  Are there any out there that others have had success with?  Most of the material I've found tends to be way too commercial.
 
Thanks, 
 
Nathan
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on December 29, 2012 11:03am
Nathan:  Sort of depends on what you mean by "commercial," and what you consider suitable.  But the fourth of four Psalm Settings I was commissioned to write is on Psalm 146, a Psalm of Praise, using some updated translations (not stodgy ol' King James) along with some original text as well.  Performable with SATB choir, unison chldren's (or youth) choir, and organ, although originally written to include brass quintet, handbell choir and percussion as well.  I'd be happy to send you a score and description if you'd like to look at it.  Just send me your email address privately.  Nothing about the Crucifixion or Reserection, if that's what you're looking for, but in my Conductor's Notes I say, "The approach should be unabashedly joyous, extroverted, swinging, and just plain FUN!"
 
My late wife also wrote an Introit for the same service, with the same forces, but it's in calypso style and might indeed be too "commercial" for you.  These were composed for very ecelctic co-Pastors, Music Minister, and congregation, with a very active music program.
All the best,
John
on December 29, 2012 7:28pm
I paired Holst's "Thaxted" hymn tune (from Jupiter, i.e. The Planets) with "All Glory, Laud and Honor" (a hymn of thanksgiving I think is appropriate for Easter as well) : the arrangement includes mostly unison singing for the children's choir and mixed choir with a descant, piano and organ; there are also optional parts for strings. It is my most popular arrangement: http://choirworks.com/index.php/satb/thanksgiving-1/allglorylaudandhonor
on December 30, 2012 5:48am
Interesting piece, although I always thought of "All Glory Laud and Honour" as a Palm Sunday standard.
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