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December 22, 2020

Songs your choir will love for Lent and Easter 2021


Songs your choir will love for Lent and Easter 2021
 

Discover new music for your choir from the Choral Review Service. With 25 songs of varying difficulty, instrumentation and style, you’ll discover breathtaking choral works from respected liturgical composers. Below are just a few examples of the music within the packet, plus a detailed description and insight on how to use each piece.

Hosanna, Hosanna, Hosanna
Anna Betancourt

Difficulty level: Easy/Medium
Voicing: Four-Part, Descant
Instrumentation: Keyboard, Guitar, Solo Instrument

This festive bilingual Palm Sunday song provides a simple, easily memorized refrain, making it useful as the entrance processional. The celebratory melody makes it ideal for multigenerational participation. Arranged for four-part choir, keyboard, guitar and solo instrument, it can also easily be enhanced by the addition of rhythmic elements, like a hand drum and/or tambourine. The composer has included plenty of verses to make the triumphant entrance last as long as needed.

Healed in Christ
Sarah Hart

Difficulty level: Easy/Medium
Voicing: Two-Part
Instrumentation: Piano, Guitar

When poring over the rites for anointing, Sarah Hart thought instantly of not only the many people she has loved and who have gone before, but of all of us living still in our brokenness as well. “Blessed be our God, healing us in Christ” — this is an active healing happening every moment of every day as we draw nearer in this life toward God and eternity. This two-part song paints the images of Father, Son, Holy Spirit very clearly — the Father who grants us courage, the Son who binds our wounds by His own and the Spirit who comforts and abides.

Litany of Humility
Thomas Muglia

Difficulty level: Easy/Medium
Voicing: Three-Part
Instrumentation: Piano, Guitar

Based on a prayer by Cardinal Merry del Val, this wonderful contemporary setting of the Litany of Humility encourages inner peace and calm. Scored for three-part choir, piano and guitar, your assembly will quickly learn and sing along with the choir on the tuneful refrain.

Cristo, Sáname/Jesus, Heal Me/Ngài Ơi, Chữa Con Lành
Estela García-López

Difficulty level: Easy/Medium
Voicing: Three-Part
Instrumentation: Keyboard, Guitar, Solo Instrument

Scored for three-part choir, keyboard, guitar, and solo instrument in C, this trilingual contemporary song of healing is a prayer of supplication for moments of darkness, asking to be filled with God’s spirit and light. With a refrain and verses available in Spanish, English and Vietnamese, your choir and assembly will love singing this prayerful song in any or all of the three languages.

Mercy
Timothy R. Smith

Difficulty level: Easy/Medium
Voicing: SAB, Descant 1 & 2
Instrumentation: Keyboard, Guitar

Based on passages from Isaiah 40 and 55, and Psalm 116, the melody is arranged as a repeating mantra, building in intensity with increasing layers of vocal harmony, descants and accompaniment. This setting is well-suited for petition and prayer, as well as themes of trust.

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Choral Review Service

These songs can be found in the 2020 Summer Packet from the Choral Review Service. 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.

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