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Choral music for Lent, Passiontide and Easter 

Explore our most recent pieces for Lent, Passiontide, and Easter. Where available, sample pages, audio recordings, and additional information can be found on the specific web pages for each product linked below.


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Drop, drop, slow tears

Malcolm Archer

This setting of Phineas Fletcher's text is gentle and flowing, with a lilting, descending motif to characterize the 'slow tears'. Archer offers nuanced dynamics and imitative entries in this simple but expressive piece, suitable for Easter and Passiontide.

SATB unaccompanied

3 minutes

Easy

Publishing January 2021

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Now the green blade riseth

Bob Chilcott

This Easter anthem sets an evocative text by J. M. C. Crum. Stately, expressive vocal lines are underpinned by a lively organ part, with crisp staccato melismas that pop out of the texture.

SATB and organ

4 minutes

Easy Published

June 2020

Rise heart; thy Lord is risen

Cecilia McDowall

“This Eastertide anthem is a superb addition to the repertoire for a season when the heavy lifting of the choral season is over, and choirs have space for a bit of a challenge.”  - Journal of the Association of Anglican Musicians

This expressive, proclamatory setting of verses from George Herbert's 'Easter' features eminently singable vocal lines, antiphonal writing, and imaginative word-painting.

SSATB unaccompanied

4 minutes

Easy - Moderately Difficult

Published November 2019

Glory

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov arr. by Terry Price

This rousing arrangement of Rimsky-Korsakov's 'Glory' (Slava, Op.21) brings this popular Russian anthem to a wider audience. The original Russian text is replaced by a hymn by the arranger that is particularly suitable for Easter, as well as general use. A brass ensemble accompaniment is also available.

SATB and organ or brass ensemble

4½ minutes

Easy-Moderately Difficult

Published June 2020

Easter

Benedict Sheehan

This is a declamatory setting of a popular Easter text by Gerard Manley Hopkins in an upbeat 7/8 metre. Featuring compelling interplay between choral sections, a slower reflective passage, and a rousing conclusion, this anthem will bring a fresh sound to Easter services and concerts.

SATB unaccompanied

2 minutes

Moderately Difficult

Publishing January 2021

O splendor of God's glory bright (That Easter day with joy was bright)

Mack Wilberg

“If your taste is for a jolly 6/8 accompaniment with relatively simple chorus work, then this has your choir's name on it.” - Choir & Organ

This bright and exultant arrangement of Michael Praetorius's melody 'Puer nobis nascitur' is presented with two text options: 'O splendor of God's glory bright' for general worship and 'That Easter day with joy was bright' for use at Easter. 

SATB and organ or orchestra

2½ minutes

Easy 

Published October 2019

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