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 a cappella arrangement offers engaging, approachable variations on the theme of the basic men’s choir version in the LDS hymnal. This arrangement was written for an upcoming conference of the Greeley, Colorado Stake.
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.
In the spirit of previous audio Christmas Cards, this year I present a new recording of Hark, the Herald Angels Sing.
During the week of school before Christmas break, I try to take an hour or two to record an audio Christmas card. If you missed it, check out the recordings from 2011 and 2012. This year’s installment is Hark, the Herald Angels Sing. This time, I went for a fairly straightforward vocal jazz TTBB arrangement. Sheet music will be available soon.
Now available in an SAB edition, this 2010 cantata includes four brand-new choral pieces, two choral arrangements of familiar Christmas hymns, and narrated piano solos that shine new light on some old tunes.
This contemplative, short piece for men’s voices invites all to come to Christ. Through a simple comparison, the song relates the shepherds who left their flocks, the Apostles who left their nets, and the modern man who leaves his sins to follow Christ. It was conceived previously and arranged as a part of the 2010 Christmas cantata Come and Behold Him. This version is an excerpt from the original cantata score, with the same pagination and measure numbers.