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Choral music for the Feast of Christ the King, from GIA

Click here for six choral pieces for the Feast of Christ the King from GIA Publications.

Selections include:

Concertato on Crown Him with Many Crowns
Arr. Richard Proulx
A powerful and harmonically adventurous arrangement that will enhance your congregation's singing.

Choral Fanfare for Christ the King
H. Hamilton Smith
With familiar Christ the King texts from Psalm 71:8 and Daniel 7:14, this masterpiece is a powerhouse that allows you to use...  Read Full Story >>>

16 Year Old Catholic Soprano Vocalist Releases Debut Album "Rejoice"

Captivating arrangements, ethereal vocals and the soulful sounds of old world instruments such as the duduk make this remarkable Christmas album a must have for the holiday playlist.  Veteran producer Michael Crittenden composed serene arrangements to match the peaceful, celestial tones of soprano vocalist Abigail Winzer who reimagines Christmas classics that celebrate the Blessed Birth of Jesus Christ.  International sacred music sensation, Arsen Petrosyan, shows why he is considered the heir apparent to the throne of Armenian Duduk music.  Often referred to as the “shepherds flute”, the combination of the soulful sounds of Arsen’s duduk and the celestial voice of Abigail seem to carry the listener back in time to Bethlehem.  Arsen and Abigail’s approach to “O Come O Come Emanuel” and “Silent Night” is simply stunning and one can easily understand why Peter Gabriel and Sting have incorporated this alluring ancient instrument into their music.  For the remaining songs, Michael adds layers of Irish Harp, Irish Whistle, soprano, alto and tenor recorder consort and lute through the artistry of Celtic musician James Spalink, which gives the remaining songs an ardent sense of character and bliss.  In addition to producing, Michael, an accomplished musician as well as producer, contributes as a musician on piano and acoustic guitar.

“Rejoice” is a soothing, peaceful Christmas album which will give the listener a chance to unwind and reflect on the reason for the season.  “Rejoice” can be purchased at iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby, and Google Play as well as many retail outlets.  Listen to “Rejoice” on Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, Groove Music and iHeart Radio among over 90 other music streaming sites.

Here is a link to a free preview:  Please "like" her page on facebook.

Abigail is contributing a significant portion of the proceeds of this album to her music department at Muskegon Catholic Central high school.  The remaining proceeds will go towards her college fund where she hopes to continue her studies in music.

Download all of Palestrina's works free

From Jeff Ostrowski at Corpus Christi Watershed:

Complete Palestrina Edition • Now Online!
published 14 October 2016 by Jeff Ostrowski

Palestrina • Jaw-Dropping "Kyrie" based on a Hymn
published 18 October 2016 by Jeff Ostrowski

The complete works of Palestrina can be downloaded in PDF format, but the clefs are archaic. I promised to show what can be done with these scores and today I fulfill my promise. They can quickly be placed into SIBELIUS, so the archaic clefs are eliminated. Then your singers can more easily enjoy these treasures, many of which have not been sung for centuries! First let's explore:

   PDF Download • KYRIE "Te Saeculorum" (Palestrina)

Two generous young ladies—currently in high school—helped me record it... Read more by clicking story links above.

Hosanna in Excelsis (5th June 2016) - staff and sol-fa

Hosanna in Excelsis (5th June 2016) - staff and sol-fa

3:14 minutes (4.45 MB).

Kyrie 27th August 2016 Small Mass

Kyrie 27th August 2016 Small Mass

1:07 minutes (1.53 MB).

BREAD OF THE ANGELS - Staff and Sol-fa (8th August 2016)

BREAD OF THE ANGELS - Staff and Sol-fa (8th August 2016)

0:24 minutes (374.74 KB).

Holy God, We Praise Thy Name

Sung at the funeral of Arthur Minus 9/29/2016. Church of St. Matthew, St. Paul, MN. Jack Heitzinger at the piano. Sr. Anne Becker on organ. 

Holy God, we praise Thy Name; 
Lord of all, we bow before Thee! 
All on earth Thy scepter claim, 
All in heaven above...  Read Full Story >>>

Lord for the Poor (a Hymn) 14th September 2016 - Staff and Sol-fa

Lord for the Poor (a Hymn) 14th September 2016 - Staff and Sol-fa

0:30 minutes (475.96 KB).

Our humble hands have worked the land - A Hymn

Our humble hands have worked the land - A Hymn

0:42 minutes (994.74 KB).

Prayer of St. Francis (Make Me a Channel of Your Peace)

A peace prayer written by St. Francis of Assisi. Adapted by Sebastian Temple. Sung at St. Matthew's Church 9/26/2016. Vocalist: Richard Schletty. Pianist: Sr. Anne Becker.

Make me a channel of your peace,
Where there is hatred let me bring your love,
Where there is injury your pardon, Lord,
And where there’s doubt true faith in you.

Make me a channel of...  Read Full Story >>>

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