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I believe that music is one of God's gifts that is meant to be shared. Feel free to download and use them for ministry or personal use. A lot of my original contemporary hymn arranging was done with a Roland W-30 sampler workstation. Now I usually use Finale.

Please let me know if (and how) you appreciate, use, or share these sequences. Drop me a note at timbode@juno.com. Thanks!

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Contemporary Hymn Arrangements

One of my favorite things to do musically is to take an old hymn (often 17th century or early) and explore its potential in contemporary styles. Here's some of what I've come up with:
Christ, the Life of All the Living [MIDI] (11kb)
A Lenten hymn by Ernst C. Homburg (1605-81) and translated into English by Catherine Winkworth (1829-78). The tune is from Kirchengesangbuch (Darmstadt, 1687). Piano and flute.
Dearest Jesus, We Are Here [MIDI] (3kb)
A Baptism hymn by Benjamin Schmolck (1672-1737) and translated into English by Catherine Winkworth (1829-78). The tune is by Johann R. Ahle (1625-73) and is slightly altered. Piano and flute.
In You Is Gladness [MIDI] (25bk)
A lively old German hymn of praise! Keyboard, bass, flute, strings and percussion.
Jesus Christ Our Blessed Savior [MIDI] (31kb)
A communion hymn. Light rock with a jazz twist.
The King Shall Come [MIDI] (16kb)
An Advent hymn. It keeps building as the guitars join in.
Lord Jesus Christ, Life-Giving Bread [MIDI] (9kb)
Jesus Christ is the living bread from heaven. All who trust in Him receive eternal life! A communion hymn. Keyboard, bass, flute, and sax.
On Jordan's Bank [MIDI] (8kb)
An Advent hymn. Saxes, bass, flute, synth, and percussion. This melody has been used for a number of hymns.
Praise to the Lord [MIDI] (11kb)
A well-known hymn of praise. Synths, bass, piano, and percussion accompany the melody in an upbeat 3/4 time. A countermelody joins in on the third (last) verse.
Free sheet music for some of these contemporary hymn arrangements (and many others) is available on my music download page. For other alternative Lutheran worship resources, check out Lutheran Music Missions!

Flute Descants for Hymns

Mary plays flute, and I occasionally ask her to play on hymns when I play organ. Here's some of what I've prepared for her. I include a melody track in the sequence. Sometimes the whole hymn accompaniment is there.

These are midi files. Download free sheet music for descants on my music download page.
Alas! and Did My Savior Bleed (1k)
A Lenten hymn. Descant and melody.
Angels From the Realms of Glory (2k)
A Christmas hymn. Descant, melody, and 4-part hymnal accompaniment.
As With Gladness Men of Old (2k)
An Epiphany hymn. Descant, melody, and 4-part hymnal accompaniment.
Baptized into Thy Name Most Holy (2k)
A baptism hymn by Johann Rambach set to the tune O Dass Ich Tausend. Descant and melody.
Beautiful Savior (3k)
A well-known spiritual song from a German songbook (1677) and translated into English by Joseph A. Seiss (1823-1904). Descant, melody, and 4-part hymnal accompaniment.
Behold, a Branch Is Growing (4k)
A Christmas hymn. Melody with 4-part hymnal accompaniment first, then descant with hymnal accompaniment.
Blest Be the Tie That Binds (2k)
A hymn that acknowledges the communion of saints. This hymn is set to the tune Boylston by Lowell Mason. Descant with 4-part hymnal accompaniment.
Hark a Thrilling Voice Is Sounding (1k)
An Advent hymn. Add trills to the cadences at your discretion. Descant and melody.
Hark the Glad Sound (1k)
An Advent hymn. Descant and melody.
He's Risen, He's Risen, Christ Jesus, the Lord (1k)
An Easter hymn. Descant and melody.
O Living Bread from Heaven (1k)
A communion hymn. Descant and melody.
Of the Father's Love Begotten (1k)
A Christmas hymn. Descant and melody.
Oh, Blest The House, Whate'er Befall (1k)
A hymn describing the Christian family written by Christoph C. L. von Pfeil set to the tune Wo Gott zum Haus. Descant and melody.
Oh, Love, How Deep (1k)
A hymn from the 15th century that exalts the love and sacrifice of our Redeemer, Jesus Christ. The descant uses a stylized echo and a few dissonances that are appropriate for verses 3 and 5. Descant and melody.
Renew Me, O Eternal Light (2k)
A hymn of commitment by Johann F. Ruopp (1672-1708) set to the tune Herr Jesu Christ, Meins. Descant and 4-part hymnal accompaniment.
Today Your Mercy Calls Us (2k)
A hymn of invitation by Oswald Allen (1816-78) set to the tune Anthes. Descant and melody.
We All Believe in One True God, Father (2k)
The Apostles' Creed in hymn form. Descant and and 4-part hymnal accompaniment.
We Praise You, O God (1k)
A hymn of harvest and thanksgiving by Julia C. Cory (1882-1963) set to the tune Kremser by A. Valerius (circa 1626). Descant and melody.

My Equipment

Roland W-30 Sampler Workstation
This is my workhorse for arranging and sequencing. I think I know it well enough to operate it blind-folded with both hands tied behind my back. The JX samples are great. When Hammer was MC Hammer (remember him?) he had 4 W-30s on-stage. I love to work with this instrument, but we could get a lot more for the same money now than what we did in 1990! Here's some other Roland links!
Kurzweil PC88 Controller
Great strings and piano sounds.
Tascam Porta 07 4-Track Cassette Recorder
For adding guitar and vocals to my sequences.
Marantz PMD430 Stereo Cassette Recorder
For stereo masters.
Shure SM57 Microphone
The only microphone I've bought (so far).
Boss 16W Vocal Monitor (pair)
Our knock-'em-dead sound system (ha!). Actually, it's amazing what they can put out.
Keytek CTS 1000-G Sound Module
What? You've never heard of it? 8-note polyphony and mediocre sound.
Finale Notation Software (by Coda Music Technology)
For printing out music. I used to run Finale on a Mac. Now it's on a PC.
Epiphone 12-string Guitar
This is a replacement for my stolen Conn 12-string. :( I had bought it as a freshman at Concordia College, St. Paul, Minnesota, while I was in Glad Sound.
ToneWorks AX1G
Made by Korg, this "guitar hyperformance processor" is my latest equipment addition. Through a Dean Markley acoustic guitar pick-up and the AX1G, I can add compression, distortion, EQ, modulation, and delay effects to my Epiphone 12-string. Or I can route any other audio signal (i.e. vocals or keyboard output) to it as well.
Vihuela Classical Guitar
Garage sale special.

Music Links

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For other alternative Lutheran worship resources, check out Lutheran Music Missions!

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