Beautiful Savior : SSAB $7.77
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SSAB & Piano
Words by German Jesuits as Schönster Herr Jesu in the 17th Century
Music from Silesian folk song (Crusader’s Hymn) from Schlesische Volkslieder (1842)
Arranged by M Ryan Taylor
Though the text of this Hymn is not specific to the Easter season, I really like to program it at that time. Really, it is appropriate for any service of the year; it would even work beautifully for Christmas. This arrangement is an expanded version of the first draft of a commission by soprano, Andrea da Silva. I feel it ‘floats’ during the first half and then grows in intensity til the end.
Fair is the sunshine, Fair is the moonlight,
And all the stars in Heaven above;
Jesus shines brighter, Jesus shines purer
And brings to all the world His love.
Fair are the meadows, Fair are the woodlands,
Robed in the flowers of blooming spring;
Jesus is fairer, Jesus is purer,
He makes our sorrowing spirit sing.
Beautiful Savior, Lord of the nations,
Son of God and Son of Man!
Thee will I honor, praise and give glory!
Give praise and glory evermore!
This missionary anthem is appropriate for any occasion requiring a little evangelical fire. Parley P. Pratt’s wonderful imagery was a great inspiration in creating this work.
Behold the harvest wide extends,
The fields are white all o’er the plain,
The tares in bundles must be bound
While we with care secure the grain.
How rich is the treasure, ye saints of the Lord,
Entrusted to us as made known by His word,
The plan of Salvation, the Gospel of grace,
To publish a broad unto Adam’s lost race!
Shall we repine when Jesus calls,
or count it sacrifice to spend our lives,
Or lose them for the Gospel sake,
When He, our Savior, did the same,
Without a place to lay His Head?
Shall we behold the nations doomed
to sword, and famine, blood and fire,
Yet not the least exertion make,
but from the scene in peace retire?
No; Gladly we’ll go to the isles and proclaim,
And nations unknown shall then hear of His fame;
Yea, kingdoms and countries, both Gentiles and Jews,
Shall see us and hear us proclaim the glad news.
Give ear, ye isles in ev’ry zone,
For ev’ry land must hear the sound!
And tongues and nations long unknown
Since they were lost, shall soon be found.
An elegant collection of elocutionary songs for your singing enjoyment by M Ryan Taylor. Settings of traditional tongue twisters! Perfect for ESL choirs or any choir wanting to work on diction and have a wonderful time doing it. Highly contrasted in mood/style and all wonderfully ‘tongue in cheek.’
Mix & Match your Ensembles (a great match for multi-choir programs):
- Solo Voice and Piano
- 2-part Choir and Piano
- SSA Choir and Piano
- SAB Choir and Piano
- SATB Choir & Piano
- Solo Voice and Ukulele
- A Tree Toad Loved a She Toad
- Swan Swam Over Sea
- Betty Botter
- That Felt!
- Yellow Butter, Purple Jelly
- A Flea and Fly
- Black Bug
- The Ghosts!
- Night Light
- Silly Sally
This Christmas arrangement combines the Gregorian chant “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” with the Renaissance melody greensleeves for which the words “What Child is This?” were written. I hope and feel this goes beyond a mere medley of tunes; the modality of each enhances the other as well as the combined message.
I’ve set this for intermediate/advanced SSAB choir a cappella. I know this is an unusual combination, but I think very practical. Many SAB choirs are perfectly capable of singing challenging music, but lack the amount of men to do SATB arrangements effectively. Sopranos are usually plentiful. I plan to write more for this kind of choir/quartet in the future.