Lent & Easter for Solo/SATB, Vol. 5
Now the Green Blade Riseth H107
Were You There H114
Bathe My Soul H512
To Kindle Every Frozen Heart H513
Now the Green Blade Riseth
Now the Green Blade Riseth is a setting of the popular French carol, Noël Nouvelet, a traditional French Christmas and New Year’s carol. It was translated into English with the poignant line, “Love is come again like wheat arising green.”
Were You There?
Were You There? for solo soprano, arranged by Barbara Harbach and Thomas George, is a tender, beautiful, and moving spiritual. Focusing on the details of the crucifixion, the separate stanzas add only a single line each to the song. The arrangement features some blues and jazz chords to complement the plaintive new melody in the first and third verses.
Bathe My Soul
Bathe My Soul is a SATB a cappella motet featuring bleakness and hope at the end,
“As in a desert, desolate, I wander…
Bathe my soul in gentle rain…
And let a stream of soothing words refresh me as the morning dew.”
To Kindle Every Frozen Heart
To Kindle Every Frozen Heart is a solo or unison setting of a poem that begins in despair and triumphs to hope,” His life brought hope to all the earth and warmth where there was none.”