Sacred Music


Having been involved as a church musician for all of my adult life I have arranged and written music for worship and a portion of that output has been written for students.  This page is to share some of that work

O Come O Come Emmanuel
This popular Advent Hymn comes from the 13th century.  I arranged it by giving the introduction an ancient flavor common to the time of harmonizing in parallel 5ths.  This motive is the thread that weaves the arrangement through its various episodes and key changes.  This arrangement can be used by an advancing intermediate or early advanced student.  It can also be used as a good offertory through Advent.


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O Sacred Head Surrounded
This most poignant Lenten Hymn uses as its text a great poem on Christ's Passion written by St. Bernard of Clairvaux.  I took my three verses to reflect the events of the Triduum; the beauty of Holy Thursday, the passion of Good Friday, and the elation of the Easter Vigil.


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But Who May Abide

But Who May Abide is placed in the second scene of Part 1 of Messiah.  The music is dark and powerful as a painting of Caravaggio who lived a couple generations before Handel.  This piece would be an fine choice for advent as an offertory and is of the technical level of an advancing, yet mature, intermediate student


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He Shall Feed His Flock

He Shall Feed His Flock precedes the final chorus of the final scene of Part 1 of Messiah. In this arrangement I tried to keep the pastoral nature of this famous aria and combine the vocal and orchestral parts into a good solo.  This piece can be used as an offertory or as repertoire for the advancing intermediate student.


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Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring

This beautiful melody of J.S. Bach is from the cantata Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, (Heart and Mouth and Deed and Life").  I give this intermediate student arrangement a little slower, more pastoral setting than the original.


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Holy Art Thou - George Frederick Handel

This is one of Handel's most lordly melodies.  I keep Handel's majestic setting but give it a newer harmonic treatment.  This arrangement is for advanced players and would make a fine offertory or a concert number.

Holy Art Thou - George Frederick Handel
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