October 24, 2017

Discover new music from the fall 2017 edition of the Choral Review Service

OCP Choral Review Service

Every year, OCP’s Choral Review Service subscribers receive octavos and recordings of more than 70 specially selected choral pieces. Offering music for traditional and contemporary choirs, children’s voices and intercultural ensembles, the Choral Review Service is the best way to find something new for your choir and community.

We are proud to highlight three songs from the fall 2017 edition. You can find a list of all the songs included in this season’s packet at the bottom of this page, along with links to each song where you can listen to sound samples, preview sheet music and more.

Featured songs

Panis Angelicus

Christopher Walker
Assembly, Cantor, SATB Choir, Descant, Keyboard, Guitar and Solo Instrument

A beautiful Communion piece for any Mass, Christopher Walker’s "Panis Angelicus" was written in 2016 for the Diocese of Arlington, Virginia, and the Installation of the Most Reverend Michael Burbidge as the fourth Bishop of Arlington. The refrain and verses are adapted from "Sacris Solemniis," a Corpus Christi hymn by Saint Thomas Aquinas.

Solo instrument parts include arrangements for C and B-flat instruments as well as a part for cello. There is also a manuscript score available for string quartet, ideal for the most solemn of occasions.

In his composer notes, Chris suggests that the refrain be sung by everyone, and that the chanted verses—available in English and Spanish—be sung in speech rhythm by the cantor(s) or unison choir. The bridge to the refrain follows, sung by either cantor(s) or unison/SATB choir.

Listen to the recording to get a feel for how it all comes together. You’ll also hear how adding the descant for the last refrain adds a special finishing touch to an already captivating song.

Especially appropriate for Holy Thursday when we celebrate the Lord’s Supper, "Panis Angelicus" would also be a beautiful addition to the solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ as well as ordinations, solemn professions, rites of initiation, other times of commitment or funeral Masses.

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Para Amar como Tú

Santiago Fernández and Jesse Manibusan
Assembly, Three-part Choir, Keyboard, Guitar and Solo Instrument(s) in C and Bb

"Para Amar como Tú" by Santiago Fernández and Jesse Manibusan is another excellent choice for Communion or preparation of the gifts if you’re looking for something bilingual. Featuring a bilingual refrain with mostly English verses that end with a Spanish response, this simple, yet elegant song is a new addition in the 2018 Breaking Bread and Music Issue.

With its understated instrumentation, the recording demonstrates how it could work well for church ensembles, leaving plenty of room for the assembly’s voice. The intertwining of English and Spanish can be executed in a variety of ways.

The composer notes explain that a cantor or small choir could lead the first half of the verse, and the assembly could sing the Spanish response, "Y amar como tú." Very accessible for non-Spanish speakers, it would be an easy and fun song to teach the words and pronunciation to the assembly.

Since the text is based on the Corporal Works of Mercy, it could also be effectively used for catechesis. Other uses include Masses with themes of Christian life, justice, love for others, love of God for others and social concern.

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You Are Merciful to All, O Lord

James Grzadzinski
Assembly, Cantor, SATB Choir, Descant and Organ

Based on the Lenten entrance chants, James Grzadzinski’s "You Are Merciful to All, O Lord" is an ideal song for the entrance procession during the Sunday or weekday celebrations of Lent or Lenten reconciliation services. As a dedicated liturgical musician, James serves as director of music at the Cathedral of Saint Raymond Nonnatus in the Diocese of Joliet, Illinois, and his affinity for sacred music is evident in this lovely choral anthem.

Each of the five verses is scored for SATB choir, while the refrain is unison with descant. Verses sing nicely in unison as well, making them accessible for cantor or choir; however, the choral writing is lush yet manageable for most SATB choirs. Consider singing the verses in unison the first half of Lent and adding choral parts as the solemnity progresses toward the Triduum.

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Explore more music from this season's edition

Music for choir and assembly

As Christ Is for Us
Janèt Sullivan-Whitaker

Be Still and Know That I Am God
Christopher Walker and Paule Freeburg, DC

Canticle of Creation
Dan Schutte

Litany for the Earth
Barbara Bridge

Make the Love of God Known
Rick Modlin

Return to Me
Bob Hurd

Saints of God
Ricky Manalo, CSP, and Suzanne Toolan, RSM

Take Up Your Cross
Jaime Cortez

This, This Day
Christopher Walker

Veni, Creator Spiritus
Barbara Bridge

You Are My Shepherd
Bernadette Farrell

Music for contemporary ensemble

Jesus, Meek and Humble
Ben Walther and Sarah Hart

God So Loved
Ken Canedo

The Lord Is My Light
Michael Avolicino

Music for Intercultural and Bilingual Celebrations

Phó Thác/Lord, I Commend
Kiều Linh

Bendito, Bendito/O Blessed Be Our God
Traditional (Contemporary arrangment)

Jaime Cortez

Music for treble and children’s choirs

Our Father
Marie-Jo Thum

Send Forth Your Spirit
Andrew Wright

Choral anthems

Philippians Canticle
Randall DeBruyn

O Esca Viatorum
Robert Farrell

Go into All the World
Richard Hillert


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