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Kyrie

The kyrie is one of the oldest prayers in the Christian church. For those churches that follow the church calendar, or even for those who don’t but would like to recover some of the rich history and rhythm of the church calendar for your church, Lent is a appropriate penitential time to incorporate this reverent prayer; during a time of confession or before the Lord’s Supper. There are thousands of settings of the kyrie eleison, and this is a great time to have the/a choir perform a more liturgical function – choir singing the “Lord have mercy” response to the congregation, or sing with the congregation, leading them in a choral response to the spoken prayer. Below is a short prayerful setting in which I composed the music, and included is an opening sentence for the leader followed by a time of silent meditation. This also allows for a oft ignored element in our services together – Silence. We are often uncomfortable with long silences, feeling like things should be moving along, or “something” should be happening. Wether you use this setting, write one of your own, or use one of the many other settings in existence, I hope this Lent, and throughout the year, you can recover this reflective, penitential, and silently prayerful time as a worshipping community.

Kyrie short 1 chords

Kyrie short instruments

 

 

We finally did it. It is official. Just got word from our Singapore offices – Pageant Music is now on Facebook! Come join our Pageant Music page here. See you there!

Also, PM just started work on an exciting new project. Are you fans of Katie Becker? I thought so. There is a great collection of her new music coming, hopefully soon. Updates will happen as the recording unfolds.

Psalms

Here is Psalm 29 with a sung refrain that works well for a call to worship…

Psalm 29 response

This is a setting of George Herbert’s versification of Psalm 23 that works well as a congregational song…

Psalm 23

And an alternate accompaniment creating a different mood…

Psalm 23 append

And finally Psalm 136 with a choral response that could be sung alternating with the congregation or leader reading…

Psalm 136 response

 

 

Doxology

Here are several new arrangements that we’ve used in recent weeks at Second City Church. Most are general statements of praise and work well as responses or in expressing praise and adoration of God, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The Gloria Patri is known as the lesser doxology and is often sung to the tune Greatorex (written by Henry Greatorex in the 19th C.). Below is a new music setting. Also included is a refrain I wrote for the hymn Glory Be to God and an additional “alleluia” that can be used as a refrain for any hymn or song in 3/4 (6/8). The hymn Glory be to God is sung to the tune Regent Square written by Henry T. Smart in the 19th C.. What I did was altered the melody slightly and added a refrain based on the first line of the text. The following week after introducing this arrangement and singing the hymn in its entirety, we just sang the refrain section as a doxology. Here is the Wiki entry on Doxology, it’s history and use in the Christian Church. I hope this can be a valuable resource for your church’s praises!

Glory Be to God the Father CHORDS

Glory Be to God the Father SHORT

Glory Be to God the Father

Gloria Patri chords

Gloria Patri

Alleluia interlude

 

 


Jesus, Once for Our Salvation was Crucified

Christus factus est pro nobis obediens      Christ made was for us obedient
usque ad mortem, mortem autem crucis.   even unto death, death on cross
Propter quod et Deus exaltavit illum          because of this and God raised him
et dedit illi nomen,       and bestowed on him name
quod est  super omne nomen.    which is above all names

This text, drawn from Philipians 2:8-9, is part of the mass that can be sung on Maundy Thursday or Good Friday. The choir at Wheatland Church in Lancaster, PA sang this in a concert on Good Friday in 2008. There have been many composers who have set this text; Arenio’s setting is particularly stirring. Because it is brief it can be tackled by the average church choir.

Attached is an arrangement for chamber ensemble. Also attached is a choral score from the Choral Public Domain Library which is a great resource for choral music.

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Christus factus est

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Today we had the great pleasure of having my friend Anne Nye’s fantastic woodwind quintet provide music for our service at Second City Church. We did two beautiful choruses from the Taize Community In the Lord I’ll Be Ever Thankful and Sing Praise and Bless the Lord. We also sang the song from the previous post Sing our Maker’s Praises. The score and parts to the quintet arrangement I made are posted below. Pastor Jed Slaboda was preaching on the Beatitudes, and though I am not yet prepared to reveal our sacred musical collaboration Code of Life for the Kingdom, based on the sermon on the mount, I can post the response we sung to the Gospel reading of Matthew 5:3-12 today (Beatitudes response). The accompaniment can be just a washy Eb mixolydian – wash away! PEACE.

Sing our Maker’s Praises FULL

Sing our Maker’s Praises quintet fl ob

Sing our Maker’s Praises quintet f hrn

Sing our Maker’s Praises quintet cl

Sing our Maker’s Praises quintet bsn

 

This past Sunday I was thrilled to realize a sound for sacred music circulating in my cerebellum for sometime via the synapses therein. In addition to piano, bass and percussion, including several unique percussion instruments, we also used glockenspiel, marimba, vibraphone, and toy piano. We also invited children to come to the front and play percussion (shakers, triangles, small tambourines and bells) along with our songs of adoration and praise (this is a time after confession and absolution and passing the peace, so it’s often a time of jubilant, thankful singing and praising). The songs were standard praise choruses and we did them with a upbeat latin feel. It was very energetic and contributed to a festive and joyful mood. Later in the service, before communion I had all the barred instruments play the melody in unison with the rhythm section accompanying on I Will Sing My Maker’s Praises which is a new tune I wrote to text by Paul Gerhardt. The mixture of sounds was really beautiful and unique. My goal is to have this be the basis of a sacred percussion ensemble, and even a children’s percussion ensemble that would participate regularly in the services. Two sounds/cultures I envisioned were Gamelan orchestras and west African xylophone music (OK, and John Cage prepared piano music of course – Oh, yes and Steve Reich, who is also heavily influenced by African music).

some references:

Steve Reich

Amazing history and music from Burkina Faso, West Africa

John Cage, prepared piano

Gamelan example