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SACRED CHORAL

My sacred choral music consists of anthems and service music written for church choirs that I have either directed or sung in. The anthems are organized by season and usage, and I am making some of them available in other voicings besides

just SATB. All of the service music that isn't lost has now been brought together into one collection,

which is available in the General section below.

Alternate voicings, where available, are accessed from the same link on J.W. Pepper.

Separate buttons access the alternate voicings on Sheet Music Plus.

Most of the compositions and arrangements on this page include a link to a YouTube

video where you can preview the entire score while listening to a recording.

 

CHRISTMAS

OH COME, OH COME EMMANUEL

Oh Come, Oh Come Emmanuel - Richard E Brown
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Grade: ME

Duration: 5:00

Price for Vocal Score: $2.50 

Price for Instrumental Set: $25.00

 

Publisher: Dacker Music

SATB, with baritone solo, organ, handbells, and solo F horn

This is a fairly elaborate arrangement of the familiar Advent carol, useful as a Christmas music service processional, or for kicking off the Advent Season.

Instrumental set, sold separately, includes:  1 full score, 1 solo horn part, 12 handbell parts, 1 organ part

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THE GREATEST GIFT

The Greatest Gift - Richard E Brown
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Grade: M

Duration: 3:30

Price: $2.00 

 

Publisher: Dacker Music         

SATB, SAB, or SA (with soprano solo) and piano | Words by Henry Lebedinsky 

 

                                                                                                                                        PREVIEW ON YOUTUBE

A gentle Christmas/Epiphany anthem with the theme of what gift can we bring to the Christ Child, compared to the gifts of the Wise Men. Composed on Christmas Day 2015.

Also available for high voice solo and piano (see Voice + Piano page)

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Recording by The Composers' Choir - Daniel Shaw, conductor

A NEW WORLD OF JUSTICE

A New World of Justice - Richard E Brown
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Grade: ME

Duration: 4:30

Price: $2.00 

 

Publisher: Dacker Music

SATB or SAB and piano | Words by Henry Lebedinsky                                     PREVIEW ON YOUTUBE

Equally appropriate for the Christmas Season, MLK Holiday, or general-purpose use, this anthem is set to an inspiring text by Henry Lebedinsky.

SATB voicing also available for download from Score Exchange

Recording by The First Readings Project - J. David Moore, conductor

 

EPIPHANY - GIVING

IN THE BEAUTY OF HOLINESS

In the Beauty of Holiness - Richard E Brown
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Grade: M

Duration: 3:40

Price: $2.00 

 

Publisher: Dacker Music

 SATB a cappella | Words by John S.B. Monsell (1863)                                        PREVIEW ON YOUTUBE

All about giving, this modal SATB a cappella anthem is appropriate for Pledge Sunday, the season of Epiphany, or as an offertory anthem any time.

Read more about In the Beauty of Holiness

Download from Score Exchange

Recording by The First Readings Project - J. David Moore, conductor

 

LENT

KYRIE ELEISON

Kyrie Eleison - Richard E Brown
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Grade: MA

Duration: 4:20

Price: $2.25 

 

Publisher: Dacker Music

SATB divisi  -  a cappella                                                                                       PREVIEW ON YOUTUBE

A modal a cappella setting for divided choir of the traditional liturgical plea for mercy.

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Download from Score Exchange

Recording by the Central College A Cappella Choir - Davis Folkerts, conductor

I HEARD THE VOICE OF JESUS

I Heard the Voice of Jesus - Richard E Brown
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Grade: M

Duration: 4:05

Price: $2.25 

 

Publisher: Dacker Music

Music by Thomas Tallis  (1567) | Words by Horatius Bonar (1848) | SATB* or SAB and organ

                                                                                                                                    PREVIEW ON YOUTUBE

A varied arrangement of Thomas Tallis' famous Third Mode Melody. This arrangement was written in 1994 for the 50th anniversary of Trinity United Methodist Church in Albuquerque, NM, where I was the choir director.

My arrangement begins by directly quoting Ralph Vaughan Williams' 1906 re-voicing of Tallis' original a cappella hymn* over a sustained pedal point in the organ for the first verse. Then the organ enters fully and the other two verses are subjected to varied interaction between voices and organ before returning quietly to the a cappella RVW voicing for the last line.

* This was done to move the melody from tenor, as originally written by Tallis, to soprano for inclusion in The English Hymnal, which RVW was editing at the time.

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SATB voicing also available for download from Score Exchange

Recording by the Edmonds, Washington UMC Choir - Henry Lebedinsky, conductor

NEARER, STILL NEARER

Nearer, Still Nearer - Richard E Brown
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Grade: M

Duration: 4 ;10

Price: $2.25 

 

Publisher: Dacker Music

 SATB, SAB, or SSA and piano | Words by Lelia Naylor Morris  (1862-1929)    PREVIEW ON YOUTUBE

 

An anthem that is especially appropriate for Lent, but also useful for just about any season. The third verse is a cappella.

 

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Recording by The First Readings Project - J. David Moore, conductor

 


 

SELMA AND STONEWALL

Selma and Stonewall - Richard E Brown
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Grade: M

Duration: 4:00

Price: $2.00 

 

Publisher: Dacker Music

SATB or SAB and piano | Words by Henry Lebedinsky                                    PREVIEW ON YOUTUBE

 

Set to a powerful text by Henry Lebedinsky, exploring some troubling issues in Christian life, this anthem is most appropriate for the MLK Holiday, as well as during Lent and for Holy Week services.

SATB voicing also available for download from Score Exchange

Recording by The First Readings Project - J. David Moore, conductor

WHERE WOULD WE BE?

Where Would We Be? - Richard E Brown
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Grade: MA

Duration: 4:15

Price: $2.00 

 

Publisher: Dacker Music

SATB or SAB and piano | Words by Henry Lebedinsky                                      PREVIEW ON YOUTUBE


This piece is especially appropriate for Lent and Holy Week, as well as any service concerned with the poor and the homeless. Henry Lebedinsky's thought-provoking words, while they contain some imagery that some might find a bit disturbing, carry a very powerful message.

Read more about Where Would We Be?

SATB voicing also available for download from Score Exchange

Recording by the Edmonds, Washington UMC Choir - Henry Lebedinsky, conductor

 

EASTER

EASTER CAROL

Easter Carol - Richard E Brown
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Grade: M

Duration: 2:00

Price: $2.00 

 

Publisher: Dacker Music

SATB and piano | Words by St. John of Damascus (8th cent.) | trans. John M. Neale (1818-1866)

                                                                                                                                      PREVIEW ON YOUTUBE

A joyous and lively celebration of Easter, originally written in 2003 as part of an Easter cantata that I co-wrote with the director of a church choir I sang in.

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Download from Score Exchange

Recording by the Edmonds, Washington UMC Choir -  David Hendrix, conductor

ALLELUIA

Alleluia - Richard E Brown
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Grade: M

Duration: 5:00

Price: $2.00 

 

Publisher: Dacker Music

SATB a cappella                                                                                                       PREVIEW ON YOUTUBE

Beginning in a plainchant-like unison and then quickly spreading into parts, this a cappella setting was inspired by Randall Thompson's famous 1940 Alleluia.  Like that much-loved work, this is not a joyous paean, but a more introspective treatment. There is a brief nod to the Thompson piece worked into this one.

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Download from Score Exchange

Recording by The First Readings Project - J. David Moore, conductor

WHEN GOD AT FIRST MADE MAN

When God at First Made Man - Richard E Brown
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Grade: M

Duration: 3:30

Price: $2.00 

 

Publisher: Dacker Music

SATB and piano | Words by George Herbert (1593-1632)                                     PREVIEW ON YOUTUBE


Although originally written as part of the same cantata as Easter Carol (above), When God at First Made Man is equally useful as a general-purpose anthem.

Download from Score Exchange

Recording by The First Readings Project - J. David Moore, conductor

 

PENTECOST

SPIRIT DIVINE, ATTEND OUR PRAYER

Spirit Divine, Attend Our Prayer - Richard E Brown
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Grade: M

Duration: 2:30

Price: $2.00 

 

Publisher: Dacker Music

SATB and piano | Words by Andrew Reed (1829)                                                 PREVIEW ON YOUTUBE

Set to a text by English cleric Andrew Reed (1787-1862), this is a bright and lively anthem for Pentecost. It is also useful for any season when the service is concerned with the Spirit.

Download from Score Exchange

Recording by The First Readings Project - J. David Moore, conductor

 

CELEBRATORY

THIS JOYFUL DAY

This Joyful Day - Richard E Brown
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Grade: M

Duration: 5:00

Price: $3.00 

 

Publisher: Dacker Music

SATB and organ | Words adapted from Frederick W. Goadby (1845-1880)   PREVIEW ON YOUTUBE

 

A consecration/anniversary anthem adapting a 19th-century text, This Joyful Day was originally written in 1994 for the 50th anniversary of Trinity United Methodist Church in Albuquerque, NM, where I was the choir director.

Recording by The First Readings Project - J. David Moore, conductor

 

MOTHER'S DAY

MOTHER OF CREATION

Mother of Creation - Richard E Brown
00:00 / 00:00

Grade: M

Duration: 4:00

Price: $2.00 

 

Publisher: Dacker Music

SATB, SAB, or SSA and organ | Words by Henry Lebedinsky                           PREVIEW ON YOUTUBE

A Mothers' Day or general-purpose anthem that celebrates God as Mother. The words were originally written to the hymn tune Beach Spring, fragments of which are prominently featured in the organ part for the first 3 verses. Then on the final verse, over full organ and with a descant based on the opening tune, the choir presents it in full.

SATB voicing also available for download from Score Exchange

Recording by The First Readings Project - J. David Moore, conductor

 

GENERAL

 SERVICE MUSIC FOR THE CHURCH CHOIR

Grade: M

Duration: <1:00 each/12:00 total

Price: $2.50 

 

Publisher: Dacker Music

SATB a cappella 

  Introits (4)
 Scripture Responses (2)
 Alleluias (3)
 Prayer Responses (3)
 Amens  1-4
 Amens  5-7 
 Offering Responses  (2)
 Benedictions  (3)

During my many years of singing in church choirs, as well as several years directing one, I produced quite a few short prayers and responses for the choir to sing during services. This gave them an opportunity to take a more active part in the liturgy than merely singing an anthem and leading hymns.

Many of these were published long ago in a booklet that is now out of print, while others have stayed with the churches they were written for. Now I have brought all of them that I could find, from both sources, together in this new collection. I hope you will find it useful for your choir.

COME UNTO ME

Come Unto Me - V.S. Dussair / R.E. Brown
00:00 / 00:00

Grade: ME

Duration: 3:25

Price: $2.00 

 

Publisher: Dacker Music

Music by Vincent S. Dussair  | Words from Matt. 11:25-30 | SATBSAB, or SA  and piano

General-purpose church anthem: my choral arrangement of what was originally a beautiful solo setting of the well-loved text from St. Matthew by a dear friend, now departed.

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JESUS, STAND AMONG US

Jesus, Stand Among Us - Richard E Brown
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Grade: M

Duration: 2:15

 

Publisher: Dacker Music

SATB a cappella | Words by William Pennefather (1855)                                   PREVIEW ON YOUTUBE

This polyphonic setting for SATB a cappella of a 19th-century Irish text is short enough to be used as an introit or centering music, but long enough to hold its own as an anthem. It is appropriate for just about any church season.

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Recording by The First Readings Project - J. David Moore, conductor

THE LORD IS MY STRENGTH

The Lord Is My Strength - Richard E Brown
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Grade: MA

Duration: 2:55

Price: $2.00 

 

Publisher: Dacker Music

 SATB a cappella | Words from Psalm 28:6-7 (RSV)                                           PREVIEW ON YOUTUBE

A polyphonic setting for SATB a cappella of a short, but well-loved, passage from Psalm 28. Useful for just about any season, it can be also sung for Thanksgiving by substituting "Thanks be to the Lord" for "Praise be to the Lord" at the beginning, and "Thank him!" for "Praise him!" at the end.

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Recording by The First Readings Project - J. David Moore, conductor