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typical rich harmonic structure known to Callahan. T e instrumental parts can be played by any competent high school musicians. Moderately easy.


Trumpet Duo, Corelli arr.


Drummond Wolff , MorningStar Music MSM 20-910, organ and two trumpets, $8.00. A great piece for any season


of the year when you need to create a joyful mood! Both organ and trumpet parts are included in the price listed. T is piece is in typical baroque style. I will need to classify this as medium diffi culty due to the fact that trumpet I spends a lot of time on high Gs and As. Trumpet II has one measure with a few high Gs and one high A in it. Worth performing if you have the musicians to do it!


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“instrument(s) and ...” for T e Fellow- ship, so I have saved these three piano books for a rainy ... well ... snowy, day. T e three are all marked as “medium” in diffi culty, with “medium” encom- passing a wide range of abilities. Likewise, the arrangements within each volume vary in diffi culty based on technical challenges in each, and none strays into keys that seem merely theoretical. Across the three Augsburg


collections, all the arrangements generally “lie well” under the fi ngers, though Shaw’s arrangements seem more technically-involved than Rob- erts’ or Raabe’s. Again, though, there are several in the Shaw collection that are directly accessible. Practice time will vary for the experienced pianist/keyboardist, depending on


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member of The Fellowship’s Instrumen- tal Interest Area.


individual ability. For example, as one who was basically a keyboard minor and brass major and has 40-plus years as a church musician, I would be able to sight-read the easiest settings, with most of them requiring 30 minutes of practice, some an hour, and a few several hours. T ere are two or three among all that I may not attempt to play for public worship due to my personal technical limitations. If pianists owned all three of


these sets, they would be ready for a large portion of the liturgical year. I recommend investigating these set- tings if you play the piano for worship or if you vary your organ selections with piano voluntaries.


We Belong to God: Piano Set-


tings of Folk Tunes, arr. Al Roberts, Augsburg Fortress, ISBN 978-1-4514- 5180-1, 2012, $17.50. T is collection is basically


Hispanic folk tunes that have crossed over into many of our traditional and contemporary hymnals. T e one Ger- man and one Swedish tune included are referred to respectively in Span- ish as “¡Noche de paz!” and “Soplo de Dios Viviente.” T e tune names are: Cantad el Señor, (“Sing to the Lord”), El Camino (“When the Poor Ones” – two settings), Pescador de Hombres (“You Have Come to the Lakeshore”), Somos del Señor (“When We Are Living”), Stille Nacht (“Silent Night”), Un Man- damiento Nuevo (“A New Com- mandment”), Unidos En la Fiestda (“United at the Table”), Vårvinda Friska (“O Living Breath of God”). Careful counting of rhythms and a bit of practice will yield useful service music that complement these and other Hispanic-derived tunes in hym- nals and in anthem settings.


My Redeemer Lives: Hymns


of Comfort and Praise, arr. Timothy Shaw, Augsburg Fortress ISBN: 978-1- 4514-5179-5, 2012, $17.50. T e tunes in the collection


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are titled with their common hymn names, e.g., Nicea is “Holy, Holy, Holy;” in two arrangements, the subtitles remind us of two texts sharing a tune. T e hymn tunes


included are: Balm in Gilead, Deo Gracias, Duke Street, Eventide, In Bablone, Marching to Zion, Nicea, Thaxted, Westminster Abbey, Yigdal (Leoni). T e arranger suggests uses for several of the settings as footnotes on the pages. In general, these tunes are the most traditional among the three volumes; the practice required to work out harder portions (running thirds, sixths, octaves, and fast scales) of these scores will be worth the time.


Grace & Peace: Hymn Portraits


for Piano, Volume 5: Awake My Heart, arr. Nancy M. Raabe, Augsburg Fortress, ISBN: 978-1-4514-5178-8, 2012, $18.50. T e great strength of these


arrangements is that textual incipits from the hymns’ verses divide most of the pieces into short variations refl ect- ing the words. Raabe also provides excellent notes on each tune and an informative foreword to the collec- tion. T ese settings, overall, present few technical demands, and the short textual divisions are an opportunity for creative use, e.g., as music during communion. T e tune list includes Alles ist an Gottes Segen; Auf, Auf, Mein Herz; Brother James’ Air; Hyfrydol; Resignation; St. Anne; St. Columba; Song of Praise; Star of County Down; Vårvinda Friska. T e publisher’s website reminds us that this is one volume of a series, most of which are still available; Raabe’s “Grace & Peace, Vol. 6” was released in Fall 2013.


Coming up in


WorshipArts March-April: Psalms of Praise


May-June: Psalms of Anger


July-August: Psalms of Creation


September-October: Psalms of Social Justice


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