The Oxford Book of Flexible Anthems: A Complete Resource for Every Church Choir

The Oxford Book of Flexible Anthems: A Complete Resource for Every Church Choir

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Edited by Alan Bullard

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Sheet music | 296 pages
  • Dimensions: 174mm x 248mm x 24mm | 762g
  • Publication date: 20 December 2007
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0193358956
  • ISBN 13: 9780193358959
  • Edition: 1
  • Sales rank: 145,334

Product description

This major new collection is the perfect resource for small choirs, young choirs, and all choirs whose numbers fluctuate week by week. Each piece is scored flexibly with optional parts or parts for equal voices, so that it can be performed by more than one combination of performers; many pieces can also be sung in unison. The music is accessible - ideal for choirs with limited rehearsal time - and keyboard parts are playable on organ (with or without pedals) or piano. The repertoire spans the sixteenth century to the present day and includes new, flexibly scored arrangements of traditional pieces, as well as newly commissioned anthems. There are also pieces in lighter styles, to cater for a broad range of tastes. With complete coverage of the church year, this is an essential resource for those looking for fresh and accessible options for church services.

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Alan Bullard was born in London, and studied with Herbert Howells at the Royal College of Music, and at Nottingham University. He enjoyed a successful career in music education, most recently as Head of Composition at Colchester Institute, and is currently an examiner for ABRSM. He now devotes most of his time to composing, editing, and arranging. His music unfailingly appeals to both performers and audiences; he has written for all kinds of choirs, with instrumental works for a variety of ensembles and orchestras. Alan is also a respected writer of music for examination syllabuses and educational albums. His major publications include the inspirational Oxford Book of Flexible Anthems and Oxford Book of Flexible Carols, Alan Bullard Carols, and Alan Bullard Anthems, and the three cantatas Wondrous Cross, O Come Emmanuel, and A Light in the Stable. He and his wife Janet also write the Pianoworks series for the older beginner.

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I do recommend this book very highly to organists and choirmasters of all levels, for OUP's collection has something for everybody and at the price is a real bargain. It can genuinely claim to be "a complete resource for every church choir". The Organ, March 08 The main question with this book is why no one has thought to do this before ... This is a book that could transform your choir's repertoire and is well worth the price. OUP should be congratulated. Jonathan Wikeley, The Singer, June 06 The groups that will benefit most from this book are the myriad parish church and school choirs up and down the country who often struggle for numbers or voice parts ... this is a life-saver if you conduct a choir of the only-one-80-year-old-tenor or men-only-at-Christmas sort ... This book will surely become a staple for choirs throughout the country. Jonathan Wikeley, Music Teacher March 08

Table of contents

A Clare Benediction ; A Prayer of St Richard of Chichester ; Alleluia ; Author of life divine ; Be still for the presence of the Lord ; Bread of the world ; Brightest and best ; Christ is the world's true light ; Christ the Lord is risen again ; Christians shout for joy and gladness ; Come down, O love divine ; Creator of the Stars ; Drop, drop slow tears ; Evening Service in C ; Fairest Lord Jesus ; Gabriel to Mary came ; Give thanks to God ; God be in my head ; God in mine eternity ; God so loved the world ; God that madest earth and heaven ; Hail, Virgin Mary (Ave Maria) ; Hark, the glad sound ; Harvest Carol ; He is risen ; Hide not thy face ; Holy, holy, holy, Holy is the Lord ; Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty ; Hosanna to the Son of David ; Irish Blessing ; Jesu, Lamb of God, Redeemer (Ave verum corpus) ; Jesus Christ the Apple Tree ; Jubilate (Let us praise you) ; Lamb of God (Agnus Dei) ; Let all mortal flesh keep silence ; Like the murmur of the dove's song ; Lord, in thy mercy ; Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in C ; Never weather-beaten sail ; Now the green blade riseth ; O Breath of life ; O for a closer walk with God ; O God of mercy ; O God, your goodness ; O praise God in his holiness ; Panis angelicus ; Peace between nations ; Pie Jesu ; Praise to the Trinity ; Psalm 150 ; Rejoice in the Lord always ; Shout for joy ; Star of Wonder ; The eternal gifts of Christ the King ; The Heavens sing praises to God ; The Lord ascendeth ; The Lord bless you and keep you ; The Lord's my Shepherd ; The Peace of God ; The True and Living Bread ; There is no rose ; Thou visitest the earth ; To be a Pilgrim ; Were you there? ; Where all charity and love are (Ubi caritas) ; Wondrous cross