With things being quieter in churches and schools during the summer, this is a perfect time to start planning ahead for Advent and Christmas. All our new pieces for that season are compiled into our 2018 Advent and Christmas catalog. But if you don’t know where to start, here are some options to get your ideas going.
SATB A Cappella Choir: “Carol of the Lamb”
“Carol of the Lamb” is a breathtaking Christmas carol—a new Christmas classic! Lisa M. Clark’s enchanting text brings to focus the Lamb of God through a skillful retelling of Psalm 23:
Little lamb, peer in the stall;
See the Lamb of God for all.
Wonder how this sacrifice
Silently will pay the price.
Through the valley He will tread,
Up a hill to bow His head.
In a garden, He will rise;
Pastures green will be the prize.
Weary shepherd, come find rest;
In a stable, be a guest.
Gather near your Shepherd Good;
He can lead where no one could.
Staff and rod Himself will bear,
Streams of life with you to share.
In His house, forever dwell,
His unending mercies tell.
David von Kampen’s musical interpretation brings to life every word with beauty, using expressive dynamics and lush harmonies. Take a listen below.
Two-Part Choir and Instruments: “Of the Father’s Love Begotten”
Gentle and stunning, “Of the Father’s Love Begotten” is set for two-part choir, organ, flute, and optional handbell and is well within the range of the typical church or school choir. Matthew Machemer captures the essence of this lovely Christmas hymn by incorporating elements of “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” in a way that is both musically satisfying and technically accessible.
Sandra Eithun’s set of handbell pieces is great for when churches are shorthanded for church services or would like to travel with small groups to other venues like schools, nursing homes, or business events. Each piece uses only twelve bells, spanning F5 to C7, and includes suggested assignments for each bell. Because not every piece is in the key of F, this collection offers a wider variety of harmonic possibilities while still maintaining a small number of ringers. The pieces are level II–III. (Check out Set 1 as well!) Listen to two of the pieces below.
Valerie A. Floeter’s Christmas arrangements include a catchy and fun setting of “O Come, All Ye Faithful” and a haunting and elegant setting of “Of the Father’s Love Begotten.” Several hymns rarely seen for piano are included as well, such as “Break Forth, O Beauteous Heavenly Light.” With this volume, Floeter continues to provide expressive pieces that are easily learned by church musicians and loved by the congregation. You can listen to her setting of “Of the Father’s Love Begotten” below.