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CPH’s New Music Releases for 2018

It’s that time of year again—time for our new music to be released! We’re excited to share with you CPH’s new music for 2018. This year’s collection features 33 choral pieces, 19 titles for organ or piano, and 10 handbell works. A few highlights are detailed below. At the end of the post, you can download the digital music catalog to browse all of the new pieces.

Carol of the Lamb

David von Kampen | SATB a cappella

Carol of the Lamb” is a breathtaking Christmas carol for a cappella SATB choir—a new Christmas classic! Lisa M. Clark’s enchanting text brings to focus the Lamb of God through a skillful retelling of Psalm 23. David von Kampen’s musical interpretation brings to life every word with beauty, using expressive dynamics and lush harmonies.

 

Luther’s Morning Prayer and Luther’s Evening Prayer

John A. Behnke | Unison or two-part mixed, organ or piano, optional congregation

Now the morning and evening devotional prayers of Martin Luther can be sung by all! The flexible setting of “Luther’s Morning Prayer” has a simple, easy-to-remember tune, and it can be sung unison or two-part with optional congregational involvement. It is a great tool for personal or family devotions during breakfast time. Consider using it to open or close Sunday School classes as well.


Using the same tune, Behnke’s setting of “Luther’s Evening Prayer” is a second tool when teaching the Small Catechism. It can be well used during devotions around the dinner table or before bed, or even during Vespers or candlelight worship services.

 

The Seventh Trumpet

Charles W. Ore | Organ

The Seventh Trumpet” is an apocalyptic tone poem for solo organ employing seventh chords, intervals of the seventh, and other symbols that musically describe the dramatic text of Revelation 11:15–19. The organ renders lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder, earthquakes, and hailstorms. With the blowing of the seventh trumpet, a heavenly chorus is unleashed, proclaiming the universal sovereignty of God. Fear gives way to celebration as the setting shifts from earth to the heavenly throne room.

 

Hymn Stanzas for Handbells, Sets 1 and 2

Jonathan R. Mueller | Handbell

This series by Jonathan R. Mueller was composed to make it easy for congregations to sing hymns when handbells provide the only accompaniment. All of the arrangements were written for use by a parish or school handbell ensemble, meaning most of them are simple, straightforward, and easy to learn. Most arrangements are based on harmonizations in Lutheran Service Book, which allows them to be used alongside the organ.

Both volumes are scored for 4 octave handbells. Set 1 is level II; set 2 is level II–II+.


Browse all the new music for 2018.

Find music for holidays, occasions, and general Sundays, whether to use at church or at home for your own enjoyment!

View the New Music Catalog

Written by

Peter Reske

Peter C. Reske, senior editor of music/worship at Concordia Publishing House, holds degrees in English literature and historical musicology from Marquette University and The Pennsylvania State University. He was the editor of Lutheran Service Book and its attendant resources.

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