Hymn Preludes and Fantasies - audio recordings

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Piano Solo

Hymn Fantasies for Piano Solo

Concert pieces for intermediate-advanced pianists

Hymn Fantasy No.1 - We Are Sowing

This dramatic piano solo is an homage to Schumann and Brahms, quoting Schumann’s Romance 28/2. The tune’s name is Westwood, composed by Henry Tucker. I find the text to this hymn especially profound: “Filled with fruit of life eternal, from the seed we sowed in tears.”

Hymn Fantasy No.2 - Thy Spirit, Lord, Has Stirred Our Souls

I wrote this piano solo as a gift for my daughter Jacqui. It is based on Alexander Schreiner’s great hymn tune Bavaria, an LDS hymn that I believe has few peers in technique or artistry.

Hymn Fantasy No.3 - Abide With Me, 'Tis Eventide

A worldwide Christian treasure, this hymn has been a favourite of mine since I was a child. Pianists will find echoes of Rachmaninoff in the style of this piece.

12 Hymn Preludes for Piano

Inspirational pieces for intermediate pianists

Sweet Hour of Prayer

In this solo I reference a piece of my own, a Nocturne I wrote as a teenager (see my Early Suite ).

Nearer, My God, to Thee

This arrangement begins with an unusual minor setting of Lowel Mason’s famous hymn.

Jesus! What A Friend for Sinners

(aka, In Humility, Our Savior)

This tune is called Hyfrydol, meaning “pleasant, cheerful, melodious” in Welsh, and is used by Latter-day Saints for the sacrament hymn “In Humility Our Savior”. My arrangement reflects the more joyful, less pensive mood of one of the common texts used by other churches: “Alleluia, blessed Savior! Alleluia, Heavenly Friend!” I have paired this with the equally famous “Amazing Grace”.

Onward, Christian Soldiers

This famous Christian anthem by the great Arthur Sullivan of Gilbert & Sullivan fame, is paired with LDS composer William Clayson’s “Hope of Israel” in this rousing solo.

O My Father

Here is a romantic-style solo on a hymn that has been a favourite of mine as long as I can remember. An interesting connection in the story behind this hymn and More Holiness Give Me is told in my blog post here. Most of the Chrisitan world knows this hymn as “I Will Sing of My Redeemer” (hence the tune name).

A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief

Partly based on an extended setting I made for tenor and piano, this setting is a little more difficult than some of the other solos here, but reflects the dramatic nature of the text. I evoke verses 1, 6 and 7: the introduction of the Wayfaring Man, the defense of the condemned Man, and the revelation of his true identity, Jesus Christ. 

We Ever Pray For Thee

Written by Evan Stephens for Primary children to sing at President Wilford Woodruff’s 90th birthday celebrations, this is one of my favourite hymns.

Love At Home

I still remember, as a child, playing this melody alone in the Primary room and being filled with a feeling of peace and fullness. The most profound messages are often the simplest ones, understandable even to a child.

More Holiness Give Me

Rachmaninoff’s Prelude in D was the inspiration for my choral arrangement of this hymn, adapted and expanded here for piano solo. The story of the original hymn is summarized in my blog.

If You Could Hie to Kolob

While one of the easier pieces in this set to play, this is also one of the more compositionally intricate. I interweave phrases from a folk-like song based on “Come Thou Fount” with phrases from the English folk song which was the source for the hymn tune “Kingsfold” in several different keys. (Ralph Vaughan Williams heard this song, “Dives and Lazarus”, sung in the town of Kingsfold. Most churches sing it to the words “I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say”.

I Need Thee Every Hour

This famous hymn is beloved in many Christian churches. The opening of this solo should evoke a beautiful 4-part men’s chorus.

The Lord Is My Shepherd

These are two beautiful hymn settings of the 23rd Psalm, (both with oddly sad tune names, “Forsaken” and “Resignation”).  The latter is usually sung to the words, “My Shepherd Will Supply My Need”, and always in the back of my mind when working on this tune is Mack Wilberg’s exquisite, breathtaking arrangement. 

12 Hymn Preludes - printed book

Coil bound book containing all 12 Hymn Preludes.   $19.95    (Price includes shipping within Canada/US).

Instrumental Ensemble

Abide with Me; 'Tis Eventide - Violin Duet

Based on the Hymn Fantasy No.3 for piano solo, this duet was written for two quite accomplished players.

In The House of the Lord - Harp and Organ Duet

This is an adaptation of the 2nd movement of my Concerto for Celtic Harp and Strings, which has been very well received over the years.

I Know That My Redeemer Lives

These arrangements were adapted from the vocal ensembles and are suitable for early intermediate players. Contact me if you need an arrangement for other groupings.

The Lord Is My Shepherd - Piano and Organ Duet

This duet arrangement of this beloved hymn is of moderate difficulty. The second half recalls the gorgeous piano texture at the end of second movement of Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G.

More Holiness Give Me - Violin/Cello/Piano

Adapted from my arrangement for choir, this arrangement would work for any soprano/baritone combination (oboe and bassoon, for example).  Your purchase includes full score and separate instrumental parts.  Let me know if there is a different key or transposition you would like.

Nearer, My God, To Thee - Violin Duet

This is a minor setting of Lowell Mason’s famous hymn, evocative, expressive and yet worshipful. The violins are treated as equals in this piece, appropriate for intermediate players.

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