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Music of Lent/Holy Week

For all interested choirmasters/organists;
 
A glimpse into our sacred choral music offererings for the season:
 
Today we sang a refreshing new anthem entitled "Oh the Height of Jesus' Love" by B. Culli. Augsburg published it. Nice for choir with a horn obligato using Go To Dark Gethsemene. As we have no horn I combined the horn part into the organ accompaniment. Well-received by the congregation and a nice anthem with which to end Lent.
 
Holy Week offerings:
 
Palm Sunday - "Hosannah to the Son of David" in English by T. d.l. Victoria
 
Maunday Thursday - "Nolo Mortem Peccatoris" by Morley
 
Good Friday - "The 7 Last Words" by Haydn played by a wonderful local string quartet with meditations offered by our clergy. starts at noon. (No, I am not a string player but will soak it in as a congregant)
 
The Great Vigil of Easter - "O Lord in Thee is All My Trust" by Tallis. A great service in preparation of Easter loaded with baptisms and confirmations. We don't do a "full" Vigil but leave right before getting to the Resurrection. 
 
Easter Day - Introit - an "Alleluia" by Gabrielli; Anthem - "Hallelujah" from Mt. of Olives by Beethoven
 
I'm still deciding on whether I want to conclude with the Widor Toccata. Everyone seems to play that on Easter Day! Any organists out there playing anything different on Easter Day? I've also thought of the John Bull Rondo in G. It will be the first postlude I've played since the end of Epiphany.
 
Our St. Gabriel's girl's choir is singing "Sound the Trumpet" by Purcell at both services the week after Easter Day. 
 
So that's what we're doing in our downtown Anglican parish in Colorado Springs. If you're in the area over Easter drop by for a wonderful and uplifting Easter service.
 
Rob Howard, Director of Music
St. George's Anglican Church
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
 
 
on April 6, 2014 4:26pm
Hey Rob,
   Thanks for sharing your repertoire.  Today we did Deep Peace by Benjamin Harlan.  I like how Harlan writes.  The pieces are often a little deeper in quality than your average church anthem but not beyond the choir.  This one is actually very easy, 2 on my scale of 1-5 for your average church choir. I couldn't find it just now on JWPepper or Sheet Music Plus.
 
Jack Senzig
Lutheran Church of The Resurrection
Racine, WI
 
 
Applauded by an audience of 1
on April 7, 2014 7:11pm
We have some wonderful anthems and more planned for Holy Week. It is great to be able to share with each other what we are doing, as most of us seem to be so busy with our own ministries that are seemingly isolationists. It is great that others are reaching out and creating places for us to share our musical ideas. Thank you Rob and Jack!
 
Lent V and Holy Week   
 
Lent V: 
Let Nothing Ever Grieve Thee, Johannes Brahms (Edition Peters, PE.P06093)
 
Palm Sunday:
The Lamb, David Ashley White (E.C. Schirmer Publishing, EC.7315)
 
Maundy Thursday:
Ave Verum Corpus, Jabier Bustro (Walton through Hal Leonard, HL.8500176)
 
Good Friday:
Cricifixus from B minor Mass, J. S. Bach (E.C. Schirmer Publishing, EC.1174)

Easter Vigil:
Good Christians All, Rejoice and Sing, Melchior Vulpius (Hymnal 1982)
Cantate Domino, Giuseppe Pitoni (CPDL)
When you Believe from Prince of Egypt, Stephen Schwartz/Vozzella (Manuscript)
Toccata from Symphony V, Charles-Marie Widor
 
Easter Day (Organ, Brass Quintet & Percussion):
Acclamations for Easter, Stephen Walters (Sacred Music Press, LX.70-1632S)
Christ the Lord is Risen Today, John Rutter (Hinshaw Music, HI.HMC1831)
The Strife is O’er, Homage Gerre Hancock/Vozzella (Manuscript)
Alleluia, Ralph Manuel (Hinshaw Music, HI.HMC927)
He Died for Me, Dennis Allen
We Know that Christ is Raised, Hal H. Hopson (Alfred Music, AP.GCMR03566)
Hallelujah! From Messiah, G. F. Handel (Canadian Brass #THCB64 through Hal Leonard HL.50507180)
 
Have a blessed Easter...If you are in the Kansas City area during the Easter season, please. Join Us!
 
Thomas R. Vozzella
St. Andrew's Episcopal Church
Kansas City, Missouri
 
 
 
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