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A good portion of my music is free.  I started providing free scores online in 2007, and I commit to continue doing that.  But I do commercially publish certain pieces, and they are worth the price.  If you enjoy the free music I provide, you will love these scores:

The Other Prodigal

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This emotional song for male voice and piano tells the story of the Prodigal Son from the perspective of his brother.  MP3 and sheet music are available for instant download.

Peace Be Unto Thy Soul


Peace Be Unto Thy Soul is a shimmering modern piece for a cappella SATB choir. It is a promise of peace in the midst of affliction. Beautiful dissonant harmonies and dynamic contrasts make this a great choice for moderate to advanced SATB choirs. Peace Be Unto Thy Soul is available exclusively through HolySheetMusic.com.

Far, Far Away on Judea’s Plains

(audio from Jackman Music)

This Christmas selection is an exciting addition to the repertoire of any church or school choir.  The classic lyrics by John Menzies Macfarlane have been set to an exciting new tune in mixed meter.  A supportive piano part makes the flowing lines and chromatic harmony approachable for most SATB choirs.

When Ye Shall Receive These Things

When Ye Shall Receive These Things is a piece for accompanied SATB choir.  The music features accessible, modern harmonies for choral singers over a beautiful flowing texture in the piano part. It received an honorable mention in the 2013 Music Composition Contest sponsored by yourLDSmusicstore.com, and it is a part of their compilation titled Reflections.  You can buy the entire book or this piece alone.

Peace Be Unto Thy Soul

Medium voice(s) with piano

Peace Be Unto Thy Soul is a shimmering modern piece for a cappella SATB choir. It is a promise of peace in the midst of affliction. Beautiful dissonant harmonies and dynamic contrasts make this a great choice for moderate to advanced SATB choirs. You can read more about how the piece was created on the HolySheetMusic.com blog. Peace Be Unto Thy Soul is available exclusively through HolySheetMusic.com.

Family History is the Story of Me

Medium voice(s) with piano

This is a song for Primary children about the importance of family history work.  It was written for the Fort Morgan Ward primary children in June 2014.

This song is one of Nathan Howe’s collection of songs for Primary children.



Download the sheet music here:

 

The Other Prodigal

Male Vocal Solo with Piano

This is by far the most requested piece by Nathan Howe.  The Other Prodigal is a song about redemption, forgiveness, and the power of a father’s love for both of his sons. The song was written in 2003 in the coastal town of Ulladulla, New South Wales, Australia.  The text was inspired by a 2002 address by Jeffrey R. Holland. Purchase and download the recording and sheet music below (you can pay with a credit or debit card or a PayPal account):
The Other Prodigal mp3 recording:
The Other Prodigal sheet music (PDF): You may print two copies for your personal use with this purchase.

Like Sunlight Gleams Thy Grace, O Lord

SATB Anthem

 

This beautiful hymn by David Macfarlane has been set in an exciting anthem arrangement by Nathan Howe. The anthem includes optional divisi for men and women. This piece received an Award of Merit in the 2013 Church Music Submissions.

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Contest Voting

Once again this year, FreeLDSsheetMusic.org is holding a sheet music competition, and two pieces from NathanHoweMusic.com are in the running – look for I am His Son and How Great the Wisdom and the Love.  Go and listen to all of the the selections, then give ratings to help your favorites.  I’d appreciate your comments and ratings.  Thanks!

UPDATE: The voting is over, and although these pieces did not win prizes, they got many votes.  I appreciate your help!

When Ye Shall Receive These Things

When Ye Shall Receive These Things is a piece for SATB choir and piano.  The text is based on the text in the tenth chapter of Moroni:  “…when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that you would ask of God…”

The music features accessible, modern harmonies for choral singers over a beautiful flowing texture in the piano part.

When Ye Shall Receive These Things received an honorable mention in the 2013 Music Composition Contest sponsored by yourLDSmusicstore.com, and it is a part of their compilation titled Reflections.  You can buy the entire book or this piece alone here.

Nothing says Valentine’s Day like church music, right?

Okay, it might not be the most traditional Valentine’s Day date venue, but the Church Music Festival at the Assembly Hall on Temple Square will be great this Friday.  The concert features winning entries from the annual Church Music Submissions.  You can see a list of the honored pieces here.

My anthem arrangement of David Macfarlane’s Like Sunlight Gleams Thy Grace, O Lord will be performed.  (Sheet music for that piece is coming soon.)

So why is this festival a good Valentine’s Day option?  If you’re in a relationship, here’s your game plan:
5:00 pm – Take your date to dinner in downtown Salt Lake City.
6:45 pm – Go for a romantic walk around Temple Square.  (Free and romantic – two for one!)
7:30 pm – Listen to beautiful music.  (Also free!)  (Pro tip: The Assembly Hall has pews instead of seats with armrests, so you can sit close.)
9:30 pm – Go out for dessert.

Single?  No problem:
5:00 pm – Go to dinner with friends
6:45 pm – Take a leisurely walk on Temple Square (keep your eye out for others who may be doing the same thing)
7:30 pm – Listen to beautiful music (perhaps while sitting near a beautiful stranger?)
9:30 pm – Make casual conversation after the concert, and go out for dessert with someone you’d like to know better.

Church Music Festival: Everyone wins on Valentine’s Day.  Stop by and say hello if you’re there.

[Edit: If you do plan to bring the family, remember that most Temple Square concerts, including this one, only admit children ages 8 and older.]

I am Naught without my Savior [TTBB]

TTBB hymn

 

This is a modal hymn that eloquently teaches the Plan of Salvation. The text by David Macfarlane was written in stages – before, during, and after his missionary service in Argentina. The hymn describes elements of the premortal life, the veil, recognizing the Spirit, and being reconciled with God through Jesus Christ, followed by stirring descriptions of the praise and good works that accompany true conversion.

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Interview on Mormon Artist

Mormon Artist is an online magazine covering the Latter-day Saint arts world.   It is a great online publication that features interviews with all types of creative Latter-day Saints (think Del Parson, Michael Ballam, and Brandon Mull).

Today, they published an interview with me.  Read it here.  Many thanks to editor Ben Crowder.