ANTHEMS FOR LENT, HOLY WEEK, AND EASTER
Dr. Robert C. Mann
Listed below are suggestions for Lent, Holy Week, and Easter anthems, and you will want to go to the eLibrary to see details for each anthem. Additionally, choose a familiar text associated with each Liturgical season, enter the title in an eLibrary search, and be surprised by how many different settings of the text you will find. There are around 20 settings of “Christ the Lord is Risen Today.”
Another way to search the eLibrary is by entering a Liturgical Reference and a second term, for example, “Lent Moderate,” (Liturgical Reference, Level of Difficulty). The eLibrary offers more than 1,000 titles of anthems for this search. Remember to search your own choral library to see if the titles you see in the eLibrary match settings in your collection. If you choose, you may search anthems in the eLibrary by Lectionary Reference (Lent 1, A.) or Scripture (“John 3:16”).
Chilcott, Bob Thou Knowest, Lord SATB eLibrary #5609
Fedak, Alfred Tree of Life SATB eLibrary #3515
Fedak, Alfred Holy Lamb of God SATB eLibrary #5011
Fedak, Alfred Thy Matchless Love SATB eLibrary #6019
Oldroyd, George Prayer to Jesus SATB eLibrary #2238
Noble, T. Tertius Go to Dark Gethsemane SATB eLibrary; CPDL 00284;
Ingeneri, M. A. O Bone Jesu SATB CPDL Multiple Editions; (anthem misattributed to Palestrina) eLibrary
Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Crown of Roses SATB eLibrary; CPDL #18886
In eLibrary, there are multiple settings of Agnus Dei (Lamb of God); Adoramus Te (We Adore You); Ah, Holy Jesus; Create in Me a Clean Heart, O God; God So Loved the World; Wondrous Love; Psalm 130 Out of the Depths; Lift High the Cross; Love Divine, All Loves Excelling; My Song Is Love Unknown
If you are looking for a longer composition, there are many settings of STABAT MATER in CPDL (Latin text only) including Rheinberger, Schubert, Haydn, Palestrina, Vivaldi, Pergolesi, and others.