Silent Night (arr. Stephen Paulus)

This arrangement of Silent Night by Stephen Paulus was featured on Performance Today recently, and it is stunningly beautiful and hauntingly moving. And from the same episode of Performance Today, here is advice from Fred Child and Tesfa Wondemagegnehu on how not to have your performance of Silent Night crash and burn towards the end: [Read more…]

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To The Name Above Every Name

Arnold Bax is a neglected composer over all, but his works for choir are even more neglected than some of the rest of his compositions. [Read more…]

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Evening Prayer

Here’s another YouTube video with a beautiful work by composer Ola Gjeilo, “Evening Prayer.” [Read more…]

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Wings of Reverie

The YouTube video above is of a concert by York College Concert Choir. It includes choral works by a number of great contemporary composers – including my colleague James Mulholland, as well as Eric Whitacre and Ola Gjeilo. As an added bonus, here is a recording made at Butler’s Clowes Memorial Hall of Mulholland’s “Three [Read More…]

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Romanian Christmas Music

It doesn’t feel like Christmas without the Bucharest Madrigal Choir singing Romanian Christmas songs like “O Ce Veste Minunata.” My family performed what may be the first bluegrass-influenced rendition of that carol at the Christmas Eve service at our church yesterday. [Read more…]

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Arthur Honegger – Une Cantate de Noël

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The Lord’s Prayer

As we’ll be talking about the Lord’s Prayer in my Sunday school class this morning, I wanted to share this recording of a setting by my friend and former colleague, Scott Pfitzinger. You can find the sheet music on his web site. [Read more…]

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This is the Day

I love John Rutter’s music. This setting of “This is the Day” was performed at the royal wedding by the Westminster Abbey Choir. HT Methoughts, mefeats, and medefeats. [Read more…]

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The Call of Wisdom

This choral composition by Will Todd is a setting of Biblical texts from Proverbs 8 with some additional words. HT Methoughts, Mefeats, and Medefeats   [Read more…]

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A Spotless Rose (Paul Mealor)

I heard this performed by the Luther College Nordic Choir in the Christmas concert from Luther College on PBS and enjoyed it enough to track down a recording and share it! [Read more…]

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The Chelsea Carol (Eric Whitacre)

Via Eric Whitacre’s blog, where he mentioned details about the forthcoming publication of “The Chelsea Carol,” I also found the video above with a preview of the work. Enjoy! [Read more…]

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