Sunday, April 16, 2006
Happy Easter from Charles Wesley!
We begin with Christ the Lord Is Risen Today, whose words numerous sources credit to Charles Wesley--except for my 1955 edition of the Presbyterian hymnbook, which gives him credit for one verse only. Oh, well. Great hymn, whoever wrote the words:
Christ the Lord Is Risen Today (Wesley; Tune: Lyra Davidica, 1708), The Amen Choir with The London National Philharmonic Orchestra, 1984.
This next one was written by me. I came up with the thing a while back, but I've recently been studying harmony and voice-leading like crazy, so I revised it quite a bit--it needed it. With the top part moving around like crazy, a four-part setting was a little tricky to manage, but I like what I came up with--smooth, with no awkward progressions my ear can detect. And I like the cathedral acoustics MAGIX gave to the patch:
Easter Chimes (Lee Hartsfeld, 2006), Lee Hartsfeld, who entered the notes on NoteWorthy Composer® software.
And here are the Ralph Carmichael Singers with the terrific Alfred Ackley Easter song of 1934, He Lives:
He Lives (Alfred Ackley), Ralph Carmichael Choir, 1965. From the Word LP An Old Fashioned Sunday Evening.
Sonny Til and The Orioles close the concert with the corny (but, dang it, touching) Robe of Calvary, which was also recorded by George Beverly Shea, Eddy Arnold, and Jill Corey. Works for me:
Robe of Calvary (Kathleen Twomey-Fred White-Robert St. Claire--Elaine Rivers), Sonny Til and The Orioles, 1954.