Friday greetings from back at the home office here in Franklin Park, Illinois. Many thanks to the staff and students at Notre Dame's SummerSong program; it was such a delight to be on campus with you.
I checked my mailbox this morning and found several new and revised pieces of music that just returned from the printer.
Alan Hommerding has teamed up with Howard Hughes to re-arrange the Gloria for Christmastime (this will be posted on our web site soon). If you are looking for an instant Gloria for the Christmas Season, this is a great piece. It utilizes the "refrain" from Angels We Have Heard on High. I am not a big fan of the settings that are out there that do this, mainly because I find the "verses" of the Gloria too forced. Gloria for Christmastime sets the verses to chant, which can be sung by a cantor, ensemble, small schola, or choir. The final measure of the verses picks up the 4/4 rhythm and leads quite naturally back into the refrain. Folks, this is very worth looking at. The product's number is 005310 (in case you want to call us and order your copy!).
Another wonderful piece I found in my mailbox is The Christmas Martyrology (005747), arranged by J. Michael Thompson. This is a re-issue. A new recording will appear on our web site within a few weeks. This handling of the martyrology is haunting and will be well worth a choir's time to learn it.
Well, I guess it's Christmas in July around here.
I hope that you have a blessed weekend.
Gotta sing. Gotta pray.