Nathan Howe is a Colorado composer, performer, and teacher.
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This ethereal new setting of Folliot Pierpoint’s standard hymn For the Beauty of the Earth features a new melody and stunning modern harmonies. During the second verse, the familiar tune by Conrad Kocher is repurposed in the bass line.
2-part chorus (flexible) with piano and violin duet
Philip Paul Bliss’s gorgeous hymn Brightly Beams our Father’s Mercy describes the Christian obligation to reflect the Savior’s light and help others find Him. This new arrangement is simple enough to be sung by youth choirs, but it is beautiful and interesting enough for experienced choirs to use in Sunday meetings or special conferences. This arrangement was written for an upcoming conference of the Greeley, Colorado Stake.
First, several musicians from distant places contacted me again this year to tell me about their performances of the cantata. Thank you for singing and playing this music. I am humbled to think of the hours you spent preparing and performing it.
One of the major choral pieces in the cantata, Within the Humblest Walls, was selected for publication in the inaugural issue of Hymns Today, an exciting new quarterly magazine which offers copyable choral music from modern LDS composers. Every ward or stake choir director needs a subscription. The next issue will feature Easter music.
Finally, Come and Behold Him has been selected to receive the Deseret Dramatic Award. Excerpts will be performed at the Church Cultural Arts Festival at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 16, 2013 at the Assembly Hall on Temple Square. If you will be in the Salt Lake area, admission is free and everybody is welcome. Please send me a message if you plan to come, so I’ll be sure to catch you.
Thanks for all of your support. New music will be posted within the next few days.
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