This spiritual by Leander Lycurgus Pickett invokes a very calm feeling and hopeful message. With hemiola passages throughout the work, this piece will not be easy as its message is to understand.
Back in ancient times, the hearth was usually a warming spot (like a fireplace nowadays) where members of a house or township (or even passersby travelling through) would gather. Besides staying warm from the freezing weather, people would share stories about their travels and families to the delight and entertainment of their listeners. That idea of kinship and warmth is the basis for this musical work. This ballad features the melody interwoven among the persistent sixteenth notes traded between both hands, creating an airy harmonic atmosphere that mimics the heat of the fire.
Here, O My Lord, I See Thee
The music of Edward Dearle has a lyrical quality that deems it to always be placed in a lyrical setting. With a gentle, arpeggiated accompaniment and folk-like harmonizations, this arrangement will be a great addition for Communion but can also used for other general worship themes.
Holy, Holy, Holy
This wonderful tune by John B. Dykes has been played by many performers all over the world, and this arrangement will allow the piano player to create a wonderful soundscape for the audience. The melody and everflowing eighth-note countermelody are played both by the right hand throughout the work, with rhythms from the bass to accent the driving nature of this work. You will be enthralled to play this piece at your next worship service or concert.
How Firm a Foundation
A driving, syncopated rhythm helps support the melody in this enlivened new arrangement of this hymn standard. The energy does not fade as the music swells toward a final exclamation of the melody.
I Come with Joy
With driving rhythms in the left hand, this song will bring a new excitement to your next Communion. This arrangement has adapted the hymn into the common 4/4 meter from its original 6/8 time signature to draw out the differing lyricism of the melody.
I Love to Tell the Story
This beloved hymn becomes an old-fashioned country folk song! Guitar-like accompaniment patterns support the melody throughout the entire song. The second verse become a variation (like an improvisation) in a hoedown that will surely bring everybody to the party! What a good ol’ time y’all will have with this song that your audience will be having a square dance in the aisles!
I Need Thee Every Hour
This piece illustrates the chiming bells of a clock within this superb arrangement. It even allows the piano player to choose how many times to play the “bell chimes” near the end of the piece. This introspective work will be a perfect vessel for you at your next performance.
I Wanna Be Ready to Walk in Jerusalem Just Like John
With the word “walk” in the title, why not have the arrangement set at a walking pace? This is no casual stroll through a musical journey, however, as the music will have some unexpected turns and surprises for you and your audience. Don’t miss out on this fun work!
I’ll Be Home for Christmas
with Largo from New World Symphony
The feeling of home is never more profound than around Christmastime. Being with friends and family, enjoying the season and expressing merriment to others, home is definitely where the heart is. This standard classic (first made famous by Bing Crosby) is known all over the world, and has now been adapted into a new piano solo arrangement combined with perhaps the most recognizable movement from the Romantic-era Czech composer Antonin Dvorak’s well-known work, the Larg movement from his New World Symphony.