Adele was the big winner at the 59th Grammy Awards, taking home five Grammys. Her album, 25, won Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album. She won Song of the Year, Record of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance for “Hello”. Continue reading ‘Sheet Music from 2017 Grammy Winners’
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Contributed by Steve Shorney, Vice President – Hope Publishing
Hope is proud to celebrate its 125th anniversary this year! We were founded in 1892 in Chicago, Illinois. The company was formed in an effort to provide songbooks for hymn singing at Methodist evangelical meetings. The founders of the company christened the name Hope Publishing Company from their motto, “all we have is hope” which defined their feelings when starting the fledgling business. The Shorney family has been running Hope Publishing from its beginning and the current owners, John, Scott and Steve Shorney, are the fourth generation of family management.
Hymns and hymnals are still an important part of Hope’s product mix but in the sixties we aggressively branched out into other products to serve the church market. Now a large part of our publishing is committed to choral, handbell, piano, organ and instrumental products. We remain committed to the sacred market. Continue reading ‘Publisher Spotlight: Hope Publishing’
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Discover new and poignant choral cantatas and anthems appropriate for the Lent and Easter seasons from Beckenhorst Press, Brookfield Press, Hope, Lorenz, Shawnee Press and SoundForth.
Come to the Cross and Remember by Pepper Choplin
Iconic imagery of the Easter story is paired with a beautiful melodic figure that weaves throughout the entire work to help present and guide the audience through this work. The music by Pepper Choplin, accompanied by Michael Lawrence’s stunning orchestration, powerfully represents the high and low moments of Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection. Additional choruses and hymns illumine the journey, including the haunting “Go to Dark Gethsemane,” the spine-tingling “Judas,” the mournful “Surely He Has Borne Our Griefs,” the transportive “You Will Be with Me in Paradise,” and the majestically triumphant “Every Knee Should Bow.”
Psalm 23: A Journey with the Shepherd by Pepper Choplin
“Psalm 23 holds a special place in the lives of believers. We often read or say it from memory at significant services and times of challenge. Through this cantata, I wanted choir and audience to truly experience this most beloved psalm:
to feel the peace of the still waters,
to be comforted through shadow of death,
to express gratitude for the bountiful table of blessings
and to celebrate the mercy which follows through all the days of our lives.
The music is dramatic with an artistic flair, but written with the church and community choir in mind.”
Sacred Places: Pilgrimage of Promise by Joseph Martin
“I have always been inspired by the early American folk hymn tradition. I grew up in North Carolina where these time-honored texts and tunes are very much a part of the church music experience. In SACRED PLACES I have tried to capture some of that rustic spirit and tell the timeless story of Christ’s ministry and passion. The focus of the cantata is on the places where Jesus performed some of his important miracles and where he experienced other significant moments in his final days. The River Jordan, The Wedding at Cana, The Pool of Bethesda, The holy city of Jerusalem, the upper room, the Garden of Gethsemane, Calvary and the Garden of Resurrection.
The narration is based on scripture and helps move the work forward. Two endings are provided, one intended for use during Holy Week and a more joyful triumphant conclusion for churches performing the work after Easter. The orchestrations by Brant Adams are filled with an abundance of creativity and provide a colorful soundtrack for the work. With SACRED PLACES I have tried to create something interesting, yet approachable, so that choirs of any size and level of accomplishment can embrace the work with confidence.”
Lamentations of the Lamb by John Purifoy
“Pamela Stewart’s poignant and insightful lyrics made composing ‘Lamentations of the Lamb’ a true journey experiencing Christ’s final week of betrayal, suffering and sacrifice for us as believers. It is always our hope as writers and composers that these emotions resonate in the music for both singers, instrumentalists and worshipers alike. The blending of Old Testament prophecy, historical hymn texts and newly written lyrics also made setting the music an artistic reward.”
Hope in the Shadows by Joel Raney and Lloyd Larson
Retracing Christ’s final days and journey to the cross, this new musical for Lent and Holy Week includes a mixture of traditional and contemporary hymns and songs set in a variety of styles. Arranged for SATB choir with narrator(s), and options to include soloists and congregation, plus a 5-piece instrumental ensemble, scored by Ed Hogan, this 38-minute program focuses on our Savior’s sacrifice and the hope in the shadows to which we cling.
Christ Is Risen, Alleluia! by Jay Althouse
This exuberant Easter anthem opens with a joyous, hymn-like melody, harmonized in a straightforward manner. This leads to a statement of the majestic hymn “Christ the Lord Is Risen Today” in a comfortable key, making it ideal for having the congregation join in. Returning to the original melody for a powerful conclusion makes this an accessible, uplifting musical presentation for Easter Sunday.
I Am Bound for the Promised Land! by Craig Courtney
A march-like ritornello begins Craig Courtney’s new arrangement of I Am Bound for the Promised Land and, although that motive can be heard throughout the piece, he counters that with contrast and variety in the 4-hand accompaniment and a variety of articulation in the voices. Snare drum, triangle and cymbals add to the dramatic effect.
I’ll Fly Away by Craig Courtney
Craig Courtney’s arrangement of I’ll Fly Away begins as a seemingly traditional treatment of the Brumley gospel tune but, as the piece goes on, it veers into different territory. Chock full of text painting, polyphony and a tipping of the hat to Gershwin, it becomes a journey of joy. The 4-hand accompaniment is creatively sophisticated. This would be the perfect choice for a choir festival or as a final piece in a concert that will “bring the house down”.
Anthems of Love by Dan Forrest
Anthems of Love is Dan Forrest’s setting of an ethereal Susan Boersma text based on Zephaniah 3:17, where God sings over His children with joy. The music portrays the idea of “celestial music” surrounding our praise, as God Himself joins in our songs of praise to Him. The combination of text and music is strikingly beautiful.
A Mighty Fortress by Dan Forrest
Dan Forrest’s new setting of A Mighty Fortress is just in time for the 500th anniversary of the Reformation being celebrated around the world in 2017. His setting opens with a evocation of the blows of Luther’s hammer, and then works its way through music history, while not becoming overly difficult. It has numerous instrumental accompaniment options available, for maximum flexibility.
Pie Jesu by Joseph Martin
Joseph Martin beautifully set this Latin text with an optional English translation along with an original melody that is nothing short of breath-taking. Equally functional as it is beautiful, this anthem is equally applicable in a worship service or concert setting. The optional violin part provides another layer of musical tenderness that will live with the choir and audience well after the performance ends.
How Can It Be? by Jay Rouse
Jay Rouse’s arrangement of this 2015 Contemporary Christian song of the year is an authentic and powerful choral representation of this stirring worship song. With an expressive solo and driving instrumental accompaniment, this anthem provides a compelling opportunity for congregation participation.
Agnus Dei with How Great Thou Art by Michael W. Smith & Stuart K. Hine
This Michael W. Smith “classic” is ideal for any worship occasion and especially communion services reflecting on Jesus, the Lamb of God. The inclusion of a portion of “How Great Thou Art” expands and reinforces this anthem of praise to the Lord God Almighty.
Come People of the Risen King with Rejoice, the Lord Is King by Stuart Townend, Keith & Kristyn Getty
This dynamic hymn setting calls for the church of Christ, both young and old, to rejoice in the risen King. A verse of the Charles Wesley hymn “Rejoice, the Lord Is King!” is seamlessly woven into the fabric and heightens the impact of this celebration of Christ our Lord and King.
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by Jacy Burroughs
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) is arguably one of the most well-known composers of all time. From his deafness and notoriously angry look to the movie dog who got his name from howling at the famous first four notes of the Fifth Symphony, Beethoven is still recognizable in today’s culture. His music and life are incredibly complex and this post barely brushes the surface, but hopefully you will learn something new and interesting.
1. No one knows for sure Beethoven’s date of birth. He was baptized on December 17, 1770. In that era and region where Beethoven was born, it was the tradition of the Catholic Church to baptize the day after birth. Therefore, most scholars accept December 16 as Beethoven’s birthday.
2. Beethoven’s father wanted to pass his son off as a child prodigy so he lied about young Beethoven’s age at his first public performance. For a good portion of Beethoven’s life, he believed he was born in 1772 instead of 1770. Continue reading ’10 Fun Facts about Beethoven’
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Bärenreiter is a renowned German publisher. Founded in 1923, during an era in which there was a burgeoning interest in early music, Bärenreiter quickly developed its reputation for using musicological research to inform editorial decisions. Their editions are preferred by many musicians worldwide. So what is it about Bärenreiter publications that makes them so popular? Our interview with Bärenreiter staff, below, will answer that question and more! Continue reading ‘Publisher Spotlight: Bärenreiter’
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by Jacy Burroughs
The Christmas season is one of the busiest times for musicians, with church gigs, themed concerts and holiday parties galore! With the thousands of arrangements out there, it can be difficult to decide what to play. That’s why Sheet Music Plus has come up with this brief guide of our most popular Christmas arrangements to help you get started. The following arrangements are great for both professional musicians and students. Pros can easily sightread these at a gig and students, with a little more preparation, can have some festive pieces for their holiday concerts. Continue reading ‘Top Christmas Chamber Music Arrangements’
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Sheet Music Plus is excited to announce ArrangeMe, a groundbreaking program that allows arrangers to create and sell arrangements of copyrighted music exclusively on Sheet Music Plus through the digital self-publishing platform SMP Press. Sheet Music Plus worked with music publisher Hal Leonard to provide SMP Press users with over 1000 songs, from Broadway showstoppers to award-winning hits. It’s free and easy to participate. Sheet Music Plus, together with Hal Leonard, handles payments to copyright holders so arrangers have more time to create. Continue reading ‘Introducing ArrangeMe: Legally Create and Sell Arrangements for over 1000 Copyrighted Songs’
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This spring, Sheet Music Plus held a school choral program contest, in which choir directors at the elementary, middle, high school and college levels were encouraged to submit the repertoire list for their schools’ spring choral concerts. The choral programs were judged based on originality, thematic content and age appropriateness. The winners received a $200 gift certificate to Sheet Music Plus. They shared the inspiration behind their creative programming with us. Congratulations, winners!
Iron Forge Elementary School
Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania
Theme: “The Iron Forge Construction . . . Through Music of Course!”
“I was working down the hall one day last spring when I heard a very loud “bang, bang” Continue reading ‘Spring School Choral Concert Winning Programs!’
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So you may be thinking to yourself, “I know how to read and play notes and rhythms, but how do I make it sound more interesting?” That’s where dynamics, articulations and tempo come in. Dynamics tell you how soft or loud the music should be played; articulations tell you how short, long or strong a note should be played, and tempo tells you how slow or fast to play the music. Most sheet music will have more than just the notes and rhythms; it will have symbols and terms for dynamics, articulations and tempo as well. It is like learning a whole new language. We’ve outlined the basics to help get you started.