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Fairest Lord Jesus

arranged by Marilyn Biery (GIA Publications, G-9227, 2017)

Click here to visit the JW Pepper webpage for this piece, with samples and recording.

For SATB Choir unaccompanied

The familiar text accompanied by Calvin Hampton’s melody captures both a reverence and longing for union with the Divine. This a cappella arrangement adds rich and beautiful harmonies that will be easily mastered. Sure to become a favorite!

Let This Day Be Filled With Wonder

by James Biery (GIA Publications, Inc. G-9193, 2017)

for Two-Part Mixed Choir and Organ

Commissioned by Frederic DeHaven for the choir of St. James Church, Hope Town, Abaco, Bahamas. The voice parts of this Easter anthem are designed to be as easy to learn as possible, yet effective and exciting. The text is an opening prayer for Easter Sunday by David Gambrell.

Click here to visit JW Pepper’s catalog page with samples and recording.

 

Festival Divine Service: Lutheran Service Book, Setting Four

setting by James Biery (Concordia Publishing House, 977795, 2017)

for Choir, Congregation, Brass Quartet or Quintet, Organ, and optional Timpani

click here to visit the publisher’s webpage for this edition

This festival setting of Divine Service, Setting Four of Lutheran Service Book was commissioned for the 2016 Convention of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. It is perfect for large gatherings and festive worship.

Some features of the five movements include the following:

  • The Gloria in Excelsis has an extended instrumental introduction, choral elaboration, and descant.
  • The Alleluia and Verse includes an instrumental Gospel Procession and music for after the Gospel.
  • The Sanctus includes a soprano descant.
  • The Agnus Dei includes reflective choral harmonies and a descant.
  • The Nunc Dimittis is in unison for the voices with an evocative instrumental accompaniment.

Journey to Jerusalem

A musical drama and liturgy for Maundy Thursday.

 

 

 

 

 

Music composed by James Biery, ASCAP

Libretto written by Marilyn Biery, ASCAP

“Journey to Jerusalem” is a complete Maundy Thursday service consisting of three parts. After an instrumental prelude, Part One (The Washing of Feet) begins with the costumed actors entering the church as they sing about the journey to Jerusalem for the Feast of the Passover. Some of them gather at the table and are confused and bewildered when Jesus washes their feet. Jesus sings an aria, “This Is My Commandment.” All sing the hymn “My Song Is Love Unknown.”

Part Two (The Institution of the Lord’s Supper) opens with Judas singing of his inner turmoil in the aria, “He Is My Friend.” Then Jesus and the disciples reenacted  the Last Supper and they invite the congregation to receive communion as they sing “Come to the Table.”

Part Three (The Garden of Gethsemane) takes the congregation along with Jesus, Peter, and the disciples as they keep watch in the garden. Jesus (and the congregation) sing “Father, If this Cup Cannot Pass.” The service ends with the congregation quietly singing the meditative ostinato song “See, the Hour Is at Hand.”

The choir advances the story through narration and leads the congregation in song. Each of the three parts is separated by spoken prayers and a time of silence.

What is needed:

  • Three Solo Singer/Actors –Jesus (high voice), Judas (medium/low voice), and Peter (medium voice) –  and some ensemble singer/actors
  • SATB Chorus
  • Instrumental ensemble of Flute, English Horn, Viola, Harp or Piano, Bass and Organ (reduced accompaniment upon request)
  • Simple costumes; minimal props
  • Duration is 60 minutes

The music makes modest demands on the singers and can be prepared in a few rehearsals. Likewise, the instrumental parts can be performed by either professional or talented amateur players.

Contact us for more information and a free perusal score: james (at) bierymusic (dot) com

 

 

 

The Better Part

A Story of Martha and Mary, One-Act Chancel Opera, Based on Luke 10:38-42

Music composed by James Biery, ASCAP

Libretto written by Marilyn Biery, ASCAP

“The Better Part: A Story of Martha and Mary” is Marilyn and James Biery’s second chancel opera.

“The Better Part” is a musical portrayal of Jesus’ visit to the home of Martha and Mary. It’s a message for everyone: finding the balance between doing good work and taking time to listen to the voice of God. The production brings the story into the present day and includes humor, emotion, and inspiration.

What is needed:

  • Three Solo Singer/Actors (Soprano, Mezzo-soprano, and Tenor), and few additional singer/actors
  • SATB Chorus
  • Chamber orchestra of Oboe, Trumpet, Strings, Piano, and Percussion (reduced accompaniment upon request)
  • No costumes required; minimal props
  • Performance time is 30 minutes; designed to be performed during a church service
  • The congregation participates in singing the final hymn-like chorus

The music makes modest demands on the singers and can be prepared in a few rehearsals. Likewise, the instrumental parts can be performed by either professional or talented amateur players.

Contact us for more information and a free perusal score: james (at) bierymusic (dot) com

 

 

 

From Doubt to Faith

A Chancel Opera in One Act, Based on John 20:24-29

Music composIMG_0607 croppeded by James Biery, ASCAP

Text written by Marilyn Biery, ASCAP, with Henry Alford’s “We Walk By Faith” and narrated text from the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible

The story of Thomas the Twin and his turning from doubt to faith, written for and first performed at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan, April 3, 2016

The singer-actors bring to life the emotional and compelling story of Thomas and the disciples, while the choir sings the words of the risen Christ and expresses the listener’s reaction to Thomas’ story. The piece ends with all of the cast – and the audience – singing a powerful statement of faith.

What is needed:

  • Four or Five Solo Singers (a mix of high and medium voices)
  • Narrator (spoken)
  • SATB Chorus
  • Chamber orchestra of Flute, Horn, Strings, Piano, and Percussion (can be successfully played by an ensemble of only 9 players, or the piano reduction may be used)
  • May be performed with or without costumes and lighting; no sets required
  • Performance time is 25 minutes; designed to be performed during a church service
  • The congregation participates in singing the final hymn-like chorus

The music makes modest demands on the singers and can be prepared in a few rehearsals. Likewise, the instrumental parts can be performed by either professional or talented amateur players.

Contact us for more information and a free perusal score: james (at) bierymusic (dot) com

Comments from the premiere performance:

“Divine!”

“A very moving telling of a familiar story”

“An amazing score and message”

“One of the most moving experiences I’ve ever had”

“A true gem”

 

 

Aria and Toccata

by James Biery,  (MorningStar Music Publishers, 10-682, 2016)10-682

for Organ

Click here to visit the MorningStar webpage for this piece

Commissioned by and dedicated to Kurt Heyer and St. James Lutheran Church, Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan, Denise M. Grant, Pastor, in celebration of the seventy-fifth anniversary of the church’s founding and the fiftieth anniversary of the installation of the Möller pipe organ

Oxford Hymn Settings for Organists

9780193393462_450 (1)Music by James Biery in each of the  six volumes of this series (Oxford University Press, 2014, 2015)

Click here to visit the Oxford webpage for the series.

Volume 1, Advent and Christmas: Cantilena on Mendelssohn (p. 70)

Volume 2, Epiphany: Aria on Greensleeves (p. 27)

Volume 3, Lent and Passiontide: Reflection on Erhalt uns, Herr (p. 30)

Volume 4, Easter and Ascension: Reflection on St. Fulbert (p. 86)

Volume 5, Pentecost and Trinity: Contemplation on Veni, Creator Spiritus (p. 80)

Volume 6, Autumn Festivals

Ten Hymn Settings for Organ

by Marilyn Biery (GIA Publications, Inc., G-8870, 2015)1241bd3cf523c4b457a3ed4e29fe73c9 (1)

for Organ

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From prelude to interlude to moments of quiet meditation, these ten arrangements of classic and modern hymn tunes emulate the style of many master composers. They are great for use during the Christmas season, during a Mass, or can be used effectively as concert repertoire. With little preparation these hymn settings will provide a thrilling complement to your worship.