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Recordings for the Hymns in "Hosanna in Excelsis" - Advent, Nativity & Epiphany - 43 Hymns

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This recording includes the 43 piano and vocal recordings from "Hosanna in Excelsis" and 43 tracks with piano alone as described below.

All piano arrangements by David Leeman
Recording produced by Dr. Casey McClure
Recordings on location and in studio, B Side Audio, Bradley Prakope, engineer

Copyright 2019, David Leeman, Student Hymnal LLC, Dallas, Texas
Permission is granted to load these files to any playback devise owned by purchaser of this USB Drive

The Purpose and Plan of the Recording

The purpose of this recording is to teach the hymns in the book, “Hosanna in Excelsis,” to any who do not know them and to provide a simple accompaniment for singing along. They are not highly arranged or accompanied by multiple instruments, so that the focus is primarily on the tune and the text. The voices alternate between adult male and female voices plus children, in similarity with a family presentation. The alternation might be imitated to provide variety and focus on the text. Each hymn is presented with a simple introduction and brief interlude between each stanza. The tempos may be slightly slower than may be used in congregational singing in order to concentrate on the lyrics and their meaning.

The plan is that before you read the information about the hymn that provides its historical background and devotional thoughts, you would first listen to the recording with singers. Next, read the information on the left-hand page of each hymn. Finally, play the piano-only recording and sing along. Singing aloud each hymn will deepen the impact these rich treasures have in your heart and spirit. When sung with others it will unify your minds in the truth of these hymns.

For those who have children and want to pick the hymns on which children’s voices are heard, they are found on hymn numbers 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 19, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28, 29, 31, 32, 34, 35, 40.

Tracks and Hymn Names

01- Hymn 1, Comfort, Comfort Now My People
02- Hymn 1, Comfort, Comfort Now My People, Piano only
03- Hymn 2, On Jordan’s Bank the Baptist’s Cry
04- Hymn 2, On Jordan’s Bank the Baptist’s Cry, Piano only
05- Hymn 3, For Ages Women Hoped and Prayed
06- Hymn 3, For Ages Women Hoped and Prayed, Piano only
07- Hymn 4, The Hands That First Held Mary’s Child
08- Hymn 4, The Hands That First Held Mary’s Child, Piano only
09- Hymn 5, O Come, O Come Emmanuel
10- Hymn 5, O Come, O Come Emmanuel, Piano only
11- Hymn 6, Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus
12- Hymn 6, Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus, Piano only
13- Hymn 7, Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence
14- Hymn 7, Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence, Piano only
15- Hymn 8, Of the Father’s Love Begotten
16- Hymn 8, Of the Father’s Love Begotten, Piano only
17- Hymn 9, Hark the Glad Sound! The Savior Comes
18- Hymn 9, Hark the Glad Sound! The Savior Comes, Piano only
19- Hymn 10, Angels from the Realms of Glory
20- Hymn 10, Angels from the Realms of Glory, Piano only
21- Hymn 11, Angels We Have Heard on High
22- Hymn 11, Angels We Have Heard on High, Piano only
23- Hymn 12, Hark! the Herald Angels Sing
24- Hymn 12, Hark! the Herald Angels Sing, Piano only
25- Hymn 13, Where Shepherds Lately Knelt
26- Hymn 13, Where Shepherds Lately Knelt, Piano only
27- Hymn 14, It Came Upon the Midnight Clear
28- Hymn 14, It Came Upon the Midnight Clear, Piano only
29- Hymn 15, O Little Town of Bethlehem
30- Hymn 15, O Little Town of Bethlehem, Piano only
31- Hymn 16, Once in Royal David’s City
32- Hymn 16, Once in Royal David’s City, Piano only
33- Hymn 17, Fullness of Grace
34- Hymn 17, Fullness of Grace, Piano only
35- Hymn 18, Thou Who Wast Rich Beyond All Splendor
36- Hymn 18, Thou Who Wast Rich Beyond All Splendor, Piano only
37- Hymn 19, What Child is This?
38- Hymn 19, What Child is This? Piano only
39- Hymn 20, I Wonder as I Wander
40- Hymn 20, I Wonder as I Wander, Piano only
41- Hymn 21, Good Christian Men, Rejoice!
42- Hymn 21, Good Christian Men, Rejoice! Piano only
43- Hymn 22, Ding Dong! Merrily on High

44.- Hymn 22, Ding Dong! Merrily on High, Piano only
45- Hymn 23, I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
46- Hymn 23, I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day, Piano only
47- Hymn 24, God Rest You Merry Gentlemen
48- Hymn 24, God Rest You Merry Gentlemen, Piano only
49- Hymn 25, On Christmas Night All Christians Sing
50- Hymn 25, On Christmas Night All Christians Sing, Piano only
51- Hymn 26, Infant Holy, Infant Lowly
52- Hymn 26, Infant Holy, Infant Lowly, Piano only
53- Hymn 27, Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming
54- Hymn 27, Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming, Piano only
55- Hymn 28, Away in a Manger
56- Hymn 28, Away in a Manger, Piano only
57- Hymn 29, Silent Night! Holy Night!
58- Hymn 29, Silent Night! Holy Night! Piano only
59- Hymn 30, O Holy Night
60- Hymn 30, O Holy Night, Piano only
61- Hymn 31, O Come, All Ye Faithful
62- Hymn 31, O Come, All Ye Faithful, Piano only
63- Hymn 32, Joy to the World! The Lord is Come
64- Hymn 32, Joy to the World! The Lord is Come, Piano only
65- Hymn 33, Joy Has Dawned upon the World

66- Hymn 33, Joy Has Dawned upon the World, Piano only
67- Hymn 34, Go Tell It on the Mountain
68- Hymn 34, Go Tell It on the Mountain, Piano only
69- Hymn 35, The First Noel
70- Hymn 35, The First Noel, Piano only
71- Hymn 36, As with Gladness Men of Old
72- Hymn 36, As with Gladness Men of Old, Piano only
73- Hymn 37, Standing at the Portal
74- Hymn 37, Standing at the Portal, Piano only
75- Hymn 38, O Rejoice, Ye Christians, Loudly
76- Hymn 38, O Rejoice, Ye Christians, Loudly, Piano only

77- Hymn 39, Wise Men, They Came to Look
78- Hymn 39, Wise Men, They Came to Look, Piano only
79- Hymn 40, We Three Kings

80- Hymn 40, We Three Kings, Piano only
81- Hymn 41, Brightest and Best of the Stars of the Morning
82- Hymn 41, Brightest and Best of the Stars of the Morning, Piano only
83- Hymn 42, Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne
84- Hymn 42, Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne, Piano only
85- Hymn 43, Songs of Thankfulness and Praise
86- Hymn 43, Songs of Thankfulness and Praise, Piano only

The Performers

Pianist: Stephen Nielson
Growing up in a pastor’s home, Stephen loved hymns from childhood. When asked how many years he has been playing the piano, he replies “from 9 months before I was born!” as his mother was a distinguished piano teacher. From a long professional career in both classical and sacred music, Stephen Nielson is widely regarded as one of the distinctive artists of our time. For more than four decades he was one-half of the acclaimed duo-piano team of Neilson & Young. His concertizing has taken him literally around the world to dozens of countries and to the major artistic centers in Russia, the Baltics, Japan, and Switzerland. He is an Ambassador of Culture for the World Cultural Alliance. Hailing a performance in Germany, the Berlin Morgenpost said, “Highly sensitive, articulate artistry,” while Brussels’ LeSoir exclaimed, “Exciting masterful playing.” His discography includes numerous recordings of the classical repertoire, hymn tunes in classical style, and duet with cello and voices. His writing achievements appear in the catalogues of several American publishers. Stephen resides in Dallas and maintains a large teaching studio. He has been awarded the honored designation, “Steinway Artist” and in 2019 was honored by Steinway with induction into the Teachers Hall of Fame.

Soprano: Jenni Till Rasberry
Because her father was a church musician, including for many years as the Minister of Music at the famous First Baptist Church, Dallas Texas, Jenni has always loved and sung hymns. But professionally she has sung leading roles in all the major choral works on three continents. These include Messiah, Elijah, St. Matthew Passion, St. John Passion, Bach’s Magnificat, Creation, Mozart’s Requiem, and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. She has made highly regarded appearances with the Dallas Symphony, the London Chamber Orchestra, the New Japan Philharmonic in Tokyo, the Fort Worth Symphony, the Nashville Symphony, and the New Orchestra of Spain. The Fort Worth Star Telegram defined her performance as the soprano soloist in Messiah as "most impressive. She brought a clear, ringing tone, and strong stage presence to her part." Jenni resides in Dallas and serves as a vocal instructor for the Arts Academy of Park Cities Presbyterian Church.

Tenor: William R. Park
William also grew up in a Pastor’s home where his first music was in the church. He received his Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Baylor University and his Masters of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Cincinnati-Conservatory of Music. After finishing his studies he moved to New York City and got his first Off-Broadway show in his first year and his first Broadway show in his second year in the city. While in New York he worked with Oscar and Tony Award winning artists, directors, composers and choreographers Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, Harold Prince, Trevor Nunn, Rob Marshall, Christine Ebersole, Henry Krieger, Jillian Lynne and Robert Longbottom, all for the Broadway stage. On the operatic stage he worked with John Alexander, Italo Tajo, Jonathan Eaton, Fabrizio Melano and Jim deBlasis, and studied voice with William McGraw and Dr. Joyce Farwell. His Broadway credits include, The Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera, Gus the Theatre Cat in Cats, Buddy in Sideshow. He has performed leading roles in over numerous Off-Broadway and regional shows. His Opera credits include: Normanno in Lucia Di Lammermoor, Nemorino in L'elisir d'amore, Prince Ramiro in La Cenerentola, and he has won awards from San Francisco Opera. He has served as an Adjunct faculty member at Seton Hall University in New Jersey and at Collin College as well as directing, performing, and maintaining a private voice studio. He currently resides in Madison, Wisconsin.

The Children: Winston Miller, Virginia Waterman, Helen Waterman
Middle and High School age, all three children are experienced singers in various school and community choirs, including the Children’s Chorus of Greater Dallas. Their mothers are each professional vocalists and music teachers.

COPYRIGHTS

All the hymns are Public Domain with the following exceptions. Each are used with permission.

“For Ages Women Hope and Prayer,” Text ©, 1986 Jane Parker Huber

“The Hands That First Held Mary’s Child,:” Text by Thomas H. Troeger ©, 1985, Oxford University Press, Inc.

“Where Shepherds Lately Knelt,” Text by Jaroslav J. Vajda © 1986 Concordia Publishing House;
Tune ©, 1986 GIA publications, Inc.

“Fullness of Grace,” © 2007, Thankyou Music (PRS) administered by Capitol CMG Publishing

“Thou Who Wast Rich Beyond All Splendor,” Text by Frank Houton ©, 1934, OMF International

“I Wonder as I Wander,” © 1934 by G. Schirmer, Inc. (ASCSAP)

“Joy Has Dawned upon the World,” Text and Music © 2005, Thankyou Music, administered by Capitol CMG Publishing

“Wise Men, They Came to Look, Text by Christopher Idle, © 1982, Hope Publishing Company

“Songs of Thankfulness and Praise,” Text by Christopher Wordsworth © 1982, Hope Publishing Company


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