Festival Chorus

Festival Chorus

Thursday, March 22, 2012


Easter is not here yet, but I wanted give you help and encouragement on the upcoming anthem "Hallelujah" from Handel's Messiah. Many of you have never sung it, which is almost enough reason to do the piece in of itself.

Here is a Menonite congregation singing the Hallelujah chorus. Not bad for a CONGREGATION, I wonder if they have to audition!

This is a very fine version done by professionals

I couldn't find a version with the scrolling choral parts, but this kind of like being able to see your part.

Here is a video with the full score shown and the soprano part played by a midi instrument.

Finally, here are the links to some more resources
Midi versions of individual parts at Cyberbass.com http://www.cyberbass.com/Major_Works/Handel_GF/Handel_Messiah.htm
Free sheet music at CPDL http://www0.cpdl.org/wiki/index.php/Hallelujah_Chorus_%28from_Messiah%29_%28George_Frideric_Handel%29

Thursday, March 1, 2012

My Song in the Night

This "southern folk hymn" has been called hauntingly beautiful and I have to agree. I've checked a few of my hymn resources and can't find anything about this hymn, the arrangement we have by Paul Christiansen lists the text as anonymous and the composer is unlisted which only makes this harder to track down. Mr. Christiansen was the conductor of the Concordia Choir from Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota which will be at the Calvary Lutheran Church in Solana Beach this Saturday. If anyone knows more about this hymn or is able to dig something up please pass the info along.