Commissioned by First United Methodist Church of Lawrenceville, GA, to honor Joan Irwin’s 25th anniversary as Church Organist.
“Praise resounds from every measure of this new setting of the familiar hymn for SATB choir and keyboard. From the quiet beginning to the exuberant ending, we experience a growing dynamic of text and alleluias. This anthem is suitable for any service of praise and worship.”
was written for Jona Torres, a student with a shining testimony of God’s grace through his battle with cancer. Jona’s fellow classmates sang Abide With Me for his memorial service on April 25, 2011.
“This lovely setting breathes new life into the much-loved prayer by Henry Lyte (1847). Appropriate for any worship experience but especially effective during Lent or services of remembrance. The beauty of this piece will thrill choir and congregation alike.”
Received the John Ness Beck Award in 2012.
J.W. Pepper Editor’s Choice
was written in loving memory of my mother, who loved her Savior and led her children to know and love Him too.
“The tender, flowing accompaniment under a simple melody line gives rise to thoughtful consideration of the first two verses. Key changes lead through more emphatic statements in the third and fourth verses with alternating a cappella and accompanied sections. Challenging for both choir and accompanist but well worth the effort.”
Be Still was commissioned by Calvary Baptist Church in Findlay, OH to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the faithful ministry of Pastor and Mrs. Gordon Dickson.
“Long, flowing melodic lines create a sense of calm, underscored by the ever-present gentle turbulence of the piano accompaniment in 7/8. Dramatic choral writing depicts the ‘winds and waves’ of verse two, but “Love’s purest joys [are] restored” in the final verse as all comes to a settled rest with a benedictory, “Be Still!”
It may be ill-advised to tamper with a well-loved Gospel song!
“David Rasbach’s new setting of this hymn text is triumphant yet compelling in every way. With accessible brass accompaniment and a hymn-like tune, this anthem will be the perfect opener for your next Sunday morning service.”
~Reverent Worship Choral Series~
The use of the whole tone scale creates a sense of lift to the opening phrase, “Christ is risen! Alleluia!” Then ascending tonal changes reinforce the idea. The powerful message of Christ’s conquering Death gives way to more “Alleluias” as this joyful song ends. This medium-difficulty, a cappella piece is accessible for most church choirs. Singing it from the rear of the auditorium is a delightful way to begin your Resurrection Sunday Sunrise or Worship Service.
was written for my high school choirs to sing for their Christmas Candlelight Concert.
“A passionate and delicate new setting of the Philip Bliss text THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD IS JESUS written for SATB choir and piano. While suitable for any celebration of worship, this would be a wonderful addition to your Christmas Eve service.”
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