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Sacred anthem SATB with clarinet ( B flat)

I have a young clarinetist in the congregation and I would like to feature him with the adult choir. ( Church is Episcopal).  Can anyone suggest an anthem with a clarinet part of medium difficulty for me?  Choir is only about 13 or 14 singers.
Thanks so much,
Catherine Nesbit
on June 7, 2014 4:33am
Catherine: My son is a clarinetist and I  wrote a few pieces for him to play. Send me your email and will send you copies.
Jerome Malek
on June 7, 2014 5:56am
Robert Leaf's setting of O SACRED HEAD might work for you, if it's appropriate in terms of the worship plan. It's easily accessible and effective.

O Sacred Head, Now Wounded by Robert Leaf. For SATB choir, organ and clarinet. Augsburg Fortress (AU.9780800652739).


Leonard Enns


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on June 7, 2014 9:13am
Dear Catherine,
I have an arrangment of the spiritual "I'm Goin' Home On A Cloud" for SATB choir with clarinet and piano accompaniment that may fit your programing needs. Here are a couple of links for some perusal scores and recordings.
on June 7, 2014 10:48am
I have a *Meditation for Lent* for SATB cl & org (based on Lutheran chorale tunes) that might fit the bill. Please contact me privately for score sampler and MIDI snapshot.
Hope this helps,
Robert A.M. Ross
Chair, Music Department
Community College of Philadelphia
on June 8, 2014 4:55am
"Restless Is the Heart," a meditation on a line from the first paragraph of St. Augustine's "Confessions," in this case set by Bernadette Farrell, is available from Oregon Catholic Press, and has a lovely clarinet line.
Ron Duquette
Director, Woodlawn Chapel Choir, Ft. Belvoir, VA
on June 8, 2014 5:26am
Richard Proulx set "Amazing Grace" for flute and SATB choir (no other accompaniment).  It's realy nice.  I've sung it several times with clarinet and found it effective.  Not sure if the clarinetist transposed his part up or the choir sang it down a step.  There might have been part where the clarinet was down an octave.  Shouldn't be hard to figure out and would be worth the time.
on June 8, 2014 11:19am
Catherine, I have choral settings By Bobby Jones utilizing "Faith of Our Fathers, Hymn setting, with several lyrics versions that even can be used for Christmas.  It was origonally written from solo Trumpet, then for Brass quartet, but I sure we could tweek the original Trpt Setting for Young Clarinet.  I had issues with the upload process here, so if the file fails to play please write me at davidcwoodardjr(a) and I can share it with you another way.  Might be a good idea to have the Clarinetist record his Bb Concert (C Scale) for 2 ocataves along with his Chromatic.  If he has a solo or favorite band piece, etc. might be good to record them as well, send them to me if you would like to do this and as school ends this week, I can re-set this for you.
on June 8, 2014 12:40pm
Helvey's setting of the hymn is really wonderful. Works well with smaller choir. 
on June 9, 2014 8:08am
Try Mark Hayes setting of "Simple Gifts".  It may be a litle beyond him currently (and the divisi may be too much for the choir) but it is worth a look and perhaps something for him to work towards. 
on June 9, 2014 12:37pm
I have used Howard Helvey's arrangement of Steal Away with my high school singers. It is not very difficult, but quite beautiful. There is a part for either a C or Bb instrument as well as piano. I have used oboe, violin, or clarinet all successfully. The piece begins with a chorale-style a cappella verse, then adds accompaniment. At the end, the choir sings with the solo instrument alone. Again, quite beautiful, rather impressive sounding, and very easy to learn. 
on June 10, 2014 6:44am
I have an arrangement of John Michael Talbot's "Healer of My Soul" which has a clarinet part, including a solo verse, available from GIA Publications.  It's worked well with smaller choirs:
Carol Browning
on June 11, 2014 9:13am
Check out and look for a stunning arrangement of GIVE ME JESUS for SATB choir and viola OR clarinet & piano arr. by Lance Bastion. I directed it a few months ago using both instruments, with a mom (clarinet) and her daughter (viola).  It worked extremely well.  With clarinet alone it is beautiful.  On this website you can buy individual anthems...i.e. you don't have to subscribe.  Our church has purchased a subscription to discoverworship and I have found many fine anthems.  They have chorals, praise music, children's music, cantatas, etc. If you visit discoverworship just type in the title and you'll find two arr. of this tune.  Bastion's is the one I refer to.
Good luck in your search -- 
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