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Anthems for The Transfiguration of the Lord

The ChoralNet community has been so helpful in the past, that I bring this question to you all with great confidence that you'll lead me in the right direction.
 
I'm frustrated.  I've wanted to find a really good (not overly difficult) anthem for The Transfiguration of the Lord, usually the Second Sunday of Lent, irrespective of the Liturgical Cycle.  I've gone to CPDL, but they don't have a seasonal/liturgical breakdown for that specific feast.  Keywording it has been of as little use.  I found one GIA publication, but after doing it this last year, I found it not at all a well-written piece, and while my choir did a creditable job of it, I don't want to use it again - ever.  Two hymns, based on the Scriptural references, are suggested in the available missalette/songbook we use at our parish, "'Tis Good Lord to Be Here" and "Transfigure Us, O Lord" (I've used the one and am not really familiar with the second, but will give it a harder look this time).  I'm hoping that the Carus edition of the Bruckner motets for sacred and concert use will be of help - he was, after all, a practical Church musician - but if it's "auf Deutsch," - may be a problem.  Oh, my choir is about 15-18 singers, varying capabilities (but they work hard, and actually have done some very challenging relatively short works - by Durufle, Bruckner, Staden, and others - so that may be a bit of a help), and I'm looking for something SAB/SATB.
 
So, here I am.  Help!?!  Thanks in advance...
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on August 25, 2012 8:44am
Ronald,
 
You forgot to search in the principal database for Choral Music : Musica
In the 164,000 titles referenced, you will for sure find something that will fit your needs.
 
Go to www.musicanet.org , and there ask for instance for the keyword "transfiguration". I this is not sufficient, you can ask for "2nd Sunday in Lent", etc...
For such quick questions, it should be sufficient to use the quick form that is on the homepage. If you need to go more in details and precisions, use the "More criteria" sear form".
 
Finally, with the Expert search form designed for documentary professionals (allowing to build search equations with AND, OR , NOT, begins with, contains, etc...) with data distributed in more than a hundred of types of criteria (liturgical use is one), you can ask for very specific and acute conditions.
 
Good luck
Jean
jsturm(a)musicanet.org
on August 25, 2012 4:44pm
These two might work:
 
Light Everlasting - Olaf C. Christiansen (Kjos publishing)
Keep Silence - John Helgen (might be Kjos, but I'm not 100% sure)
on August 26, 2012 3:05am
CPDL has a Transfiguration Category.  It doesn't come up with a "transfiguration" search, but several other pages linked to this one do: how exactly did you go about searching? There's also http://www.cpdl.org/wiki/index.php/O_nata_lux.
 
I'm always on the lookout myself, so please consider sharing any further discoveries on CPDL.
on August 26, 2012 4:45am
"And the glory of the Lord," from Messiah.  My favorite piece for Transfiguration Sunday.
 
 
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on August 26, 2012 12:20pm
*Christ Upon the Mountain Top/Peak* (can't remember which!): K. Lee Scott, SATB, org., Morningstar—should fit the bill perfectly if it's still available.
 
Hope this helps,
Robert A.m. Ross
info(a)robertamross.com
on August 26, 2012 12:34pm
In our Lutheran lectionary, the Transfiguration  is  celebrated on the last Sunday of the Epiphany season.
Lutherans often sing the hymn Wie Schoen leuchtet der Morgenstern  (How lovely/brightly shines the Morningstar).
We also sing the hymn Christ Whose Glory Fills the Skies.
There are also various settings of the text Christ Upon the Mountain Peak.
I also like This is My Beloved Son  by Knut Kystedt
on August 26, 2012 1:37pm
Transfiguration by Carlton R. Young
on August 26, 2012 2:17pm
Ronald,
I don't know what kind of church at which you work, but if you want to go way back in time you might try this one:
It's my harmonized verse. The tune is  "Aeterne Rex Altissime". We chanted it with the Compline Choir on Transfiguration Sunday last. It's real splashy...... in a 10th century kind of way. 8<)
regards, as always, jefe
file://localhost/Users/jeffreynolds/Desktop/O%20wondrous%20type!%20O%20vision%20fair.pdf
 
 
on August 28, 2012 8:03am
Jeff - tried to post the file you provided - Goggle and Bing didn't like it at all.  Can you give me an alternative reference?  Thanks....
 
Ron
on August 30, 2012 10:22am
Ron, Let's try this again. The mystical sounds from a 14th Century monastery.
The problem was I had a Sib.6 or pdf file to choose from. This site takes gif's or jpegs, a format for photos. It may not matter anyway as the voicing is for men TTB. If you want to try it, put most of your women on the top tenor line, some lower altos and actual tenors on the 2nd tenor and most of your men on the BB line, which is melody all the way. It works with our ATTB Compline choir voicing. We've just changed our website over to another provider and I'm not sure our choral works 'free download' is up. (about 400 works I've composed, arranged, edited, or transposed)
Alright, I just looked at the jpeg below and it doesn't include the 2d page. I'll try to send it to you direct via pdf file.
I'm used to being able to post files on other choral websites without so many limitations. 
regards, as always, jefe
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on August 26, 2012 3:59pm
I recommend Paul W. Hofreiter's "Anthem for Transfiguration." It is available through Augsburg. It combines newly composed material with the "O Love How Deep" hymn melody (Deo gracias).
on August 26, 2012 5:07pm
I second John Hughes recommendation: Paul Hofreither's anthem. I've done it twice, and do the opening & closing with a small group to maintain the transparent and mysterious nature of the music. Beautiful piece, published shortly after Paul's untimely death.
 
Mary Trigg
Abiding Presence Lutheran Church
Ewing, NJ
 
on August 27, 2012 8:33am
Thanks to all of you for your suggestions.  I'll let you know if I find anything else out!
 
Ron
on August 28, 2012 6:30am
Christ, whose glory fills the skies - Philip Ledger (former Director, King's College Choir, Cambridge). 
Trebles could easily learn the soprano line and sing with the adults.
Very accessible and easy piece to learn.
 
Frederick Backhaus
on August 27, 2012 11:07am
Here are a few more anthems for The Transfiguration (the last Sunday of Epiphany in the Episcopal Church):
Jesus, take us to the mountain - Carl Schalk Morning Star MSM 50 2601   nice text by Jaroslav J Vajda  SATB
This Glimpse of Glory - David Ashley White  (optional trumpet in C)  0-8006-5089-1  Augsburg  SATB 
Go up to the mountain of God - Michael Helman (optional flute) SATB  Augsburg  11-10961 
         Peggy Haas Howell
 
 
 
on August 28, 2012 6:46am
YES!!  Here are three very different recommendations for you:
 
Transfiguration by Joel Martinson - it's a simple and beautiful anthem - Transfiguration is an original hymn tune that won first place in a hymn search by the Hymn Society of America in July of 1992. This setting of Carl P. Daw Jr.'s text describes the transfiguration of the Lord and isa prayer that "our daily lives may prove us people of the God we bless." Mr. Martinson has written two unison verses with organ accompaniment and concludes with a descant on the third and final verse. Although written for the feast of the Transfiguration, this lyric new hymn tune is appropriate for general use throughout the church year. (The last page may be photocopied to include congregational singing.)
Paraclete Press: PPMO9511; Unison choir w/ descant and organ; $1.60
 
Another offering for perhaps another choir for this feast day, is a mass setting (any of the movements could be used as an anthem) by Dr. Samuel Adler:
This important work was commissioned for the Service of Dedication for the Church of the Transfiguration at the Community of Jesus on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. In keeping with the ecumenical spirit of this setting, Dr. Adler has interpolated other texts into the four sections of Kyrie, Gloria, Sanctus and Agnus Dei. These texts reflect the themes of peace and reconciliation which heighten the expression of the original prayers. The brass quintet and organ are a "fifth voice" always supporting the choir yet providing their own illumination of the texts.Full score and Brass parts also available.
Paraclete Press; PPMO0120; SATB w/ some divisi, sop. Solo, Brass Quintet and Organ; $6.00
 
and last, but not least, a wonderful hymn setting for Transfiguration, with original text:
The text, written by David Manuel, sings the praises of all who have gone before us in the Christian life as well as describing the transfiguration scene and our call to embrace our own transfiguration in Christ. Brass and timpani provide a stirring introduction to the hymn-anthem and their support is deeply felt throughout the entire work. The fourth verse is for four-part choir alone, while the final verse is introduced with brass fanfares. Those who know Dr. Saylor's hymn-anthems will see his exciting, vibrant style in full bloom here.
Paraclete Press; PPMO0103; SATB with Congregation, Brass Quintet, Timpani and Organ; $2.10
 
 
 
 
on August 29, 2012 7:29am
Dear Ronald:
 
I have an anthem for Transfiguration, not published, that I could send you a pdf if you would like to see it.
If so, just send an email address that I could use.
 
Thanks,
 
Tom
on August 29, 2012 4:32pm
Ronald,
 
 My choirs have sung many of the ones above, especially the ones sung in Lutheran congregations.  But, my very favorite I discovered a couple years ago.  It is "Dazziling as the Sun" by Gwyneth Walker published by E. C. Schirmer (MorningStar Music Publishers).  The organ accompaniment is very descriptive of the transfiguration.  Here is a link to her webpage with MP3 file and description of the composition.  The piece ends very dramatically in 8 parts.  It is well worth the effort.  http://www.gwynethwalker.com/dazzling.html  It looks like you Transfiguration music for years to come. 
 
Jim Klein, Minister of Music
American Lutheran Church
Prescott, AZ
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