Alma's Blessing - Soprano, Piano
This is a setting of a passage from the Book of Mormon, Alma 37:35-37. I later orchestrated the song at the request of my friend Dianna Walker for a CD she recorded with the Mormon Youth Symphony. This is the recording presented here.
Come, Come, Ye Saints - Baritone, Piano
A welcome suggestion from my good friend and fine baritone Greg Johnson, I decided to open this arrangement with the original tune from the Sacred Harp of 1844. Clayton’s wonderful text surely began as a paraphrase of “All Is Well” from that collection. The English folk song usually credited as the source of this tune bears such a tenuous resemblance to only the middle few bars that I’m sceptical of the attribution. I’m going to say that J.T. White actually wrote it.
Come Unto Him - Soprano, Piano
This is an adaptation of a choral arrangement I did many years ago, with parts recomposed. The tune is the familiar folk song, O Waly Waly, or The Water Is Wide. Contact me for more keys.
Did You Think To Pray?
Also known by it’s first line, Ere You Left Your Room This Morning, the message of this hymn is simple yet profound – as most gospel principles are. Read the story of this hymn in my blog.
The Gate of Heaven
This lovely art song is a setting of a passage from the Book of Mormon, “And the keeper of the gate is the Holy One of Israel; and he employeth no servant there.” 2 Ne. 9:42-43
I Know That My Redeemer Lives
I Know That My Redeemer Lives - easy Soprano, Flute and Piano
I was asked to create a simplified arrangement for soprano solo and flute. This arrangement uses the hymnbook setting for the piano until the last verse, which borrows elements from the more elaborate arrangement.
Jesus, What A Friend for Sinners
This is a hymn text common in many Protestant denominations, sung to the tune Hyfrydol, which Latter-day Saints sing as the sacrament hymn, “In Humility Our Savior”. I have altered the text somewhat and added a new verse. This arrangement was written for my wife’s lovely Alto voice, but I can easily provide alternate keys for higher voices.
Last Words of Moroni - Soprano, Piano
Written originally as an Alto solo for my wife, this art song is based on the closing verses of the Book of Mormon. Not repertoire for the novice, you will need an excellent pianst.
Oh, How Lovely Was the Morning - Soprano, Piano
This arrangement of “Joseph Smith’s First Prayer” was adapted from the choir arrangement, with completely re-written accompaniment and free treatment of the melody in the first two verses. This adaptation was done 29 years after the original arrangement and so illustrates both the evolution of my style and the affection I still have for that early arrangement.
More Holiness Give Me - Soprano, Piano
Secret Prayer - Soprano, Piano
This arrangement puts the melody in the piano for much of the time, while the voice sings a counter-melody. I like the simple, folksy, yet profound messages of these 19th century sacred songs.