This past Sunday, the church choir in which Ashley and I sing took on Vivaldi's Gloria under the direction of Music Director Dr. James Douthit and Organist Dr. Bruce Frank. It was wonderful! A few weeks ago, James asked if I would arrange the hymns that would be included as part of the service along with the Vivaldi. We were very fortunate to have a chamber orchestra (strings, oboe, trumpet, organ) to accompany the Vivaldi, and without special arrangements, the instrumentalists would not have music to play during the hymns.
It was so much fun to work with these three wonderful hymns: O Come, O Come, Emmanuel, Come Thou Long-Expected Jesus, and Jesus Comes With Clouds Descending.
I had a blast, and the sound of organ, choir, strings, trumpet, oboe and congregational singing was magnificent! If you are interested in these arrangements (there are still two Sundays left in Advent!), I have included links to the scores below. Contact me if you are interested in purchasing the scores and parts. I would be happy to customize these for slightly different instrumentations, if needed. Recordings will be forthcoming.