New Church Anthems for Fall Wednesday, September 14, 2011
As church choirs start up again for the fall and Christmas season, Stanton's Sacred Choral Music staff has carefully chosen these pieces to be appropriate for a variety of worship styles and services throughout the coming months:
All Hail the Power
Mixing classical touches with his own dynamic style to create a spirited selection for twenty-first century choirs, Mark Hayes has brilliantly crafted this timeless hymn favorite to incorporate three celebrated tunes. Opening with DIADEM, flowing into MILES LANE, and closing triumphantly with CORONATION, this majestic setting also features optional brass and percussion to add a regal touch.
Be Still and Know
Based on the familiar passage from Psalm 46:10 - “Be still and know that He is God” - this reflective anthem from Victor Johnson delivers a powerful and devotional statement of faith and assurance. The haunting melody, rich harmonies, and inspiring lyrics are sure to bring comfort to those in times of difficulty and misfortune.
Climbin' Up the Mountain, Children
Larry Shackley lends his golden touch to this traditional spiritual by incorporating a fun swing feel and luscious blues harmonies. With a lively, entertaining piano accompaniment and a great “break-out” part for the basses, the congregation and choir alike are sure to enjoy this anthem time after time!
Ever in Joyful Song
One of the most joyful and delightful hymns is raised to new heights in this energetic treatment. Written for choirs of any size, this hymn anthem is presented with an optional orchestration giving larger churches greater performance options. Rediscover the strength and relevance of this congregation “evergreen.”
An exciting SATB setting with a strong, rhythmic accompaniment, offering a wonderful opportunity for a strong soloist. Based on the Isaiah 52:8-10 prophesy. Suitable for any occasion, but particularly effective for Advent.
Then Sings My Soul (How Great Thou Art)
Inspired by what is considered to be one of the greatest hymn texts of the 20th century, Mary McDonald has crafted an exceptional, new anthem for SATB choirs. With altered melody and lush harmonies, this fresh treatment awakens new breadth and splendor into this timeless hymn, giving rise to the greatness that it invokes in worshiping God, our Creator. The gorgeous orchestration, by Michael Lawrence, is a true complement to Mary's splendid choral writing.
River of God's Love
Original words and music likening God’s love to a river are combined with familiar “river” songs to create a beautiful offering for use in a variety of worship settings. I’ve Got Peace Like a River, Like a River Glorious, and When Peace Like a River have been woven together with a lovely new melody in this truly unique anthem.
Was I Faithful?
“Was I Faithful? Did I help the blind and weak, did my love include the meek?â€ This beautiful arrangement, with a scriptural text from Matthew, challenges Christians to evaluate their lives and service to God. Dramatic and powerful, Mary McDonald’s setting features lush choral writing supported by a stunning keyboard accompaniment or optional orchestra.