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O For a Dozen Tongues to Sing - For Christmas: Ten Ready-to-Sing Anthems for Two-part Mixed Choirs

By Marty Parks (Author)
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Pages   66
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 10.27" Width: 6.76" Height: 0.19"
Weight:   0.34 lbs.
Release Date   Apr 1, 2007
Publisher   Abingdon Church Supplies
ISBN  0687642310  
EAN  9780687642311  
UPC  068478442425  

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This collection is designed for use when choir members are out of pocket due to holiday or special occasions, especially around the Advent/Christmas season: Christmas Eve, the first Sunday after Christmas, and Thanksgiving weekend. Written for two-part mixed choirs, this collection is a valuable resource for smaller choirs. The CD available separately offers full demo recording and accompaniment tracks.

Publishers Description

This collection of Christmas and Advent seasonal anthems is designed for use when you are at less than full-strength in choir attendance: Christmas Eve, when some members are travelling or at family functions or your church has multiple services and only a potion of the choir at each service, the first Sunday after Christmas, when the travellers have not yet returned, Thanksgiving weekend, when it coincides with the first Sunday in Advent.This collection of anthems is also valuable for choirs who are smaller even when all are in attendance.

The primary composer/arranger for the first two collections is Marty Parks. Marty received his Bachelor of Music at the Univeristy of Tennessee at Chattanooga and his Master of Music at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is currently a product developer for Lillenas Publishing Company. Marty has published several collections, including: Praise & Worship Favorites (Lillenas), We Exalt Thee (Lillenas), In His Sanctuary (Lillenas), Here I am to Worship (Lillenas), Classic Praise (Lillenas), The One That We Praise (Hal Leonard). Published musicals and cantatas include: Holy Child (Lillenas), Jesus, Our Emmanuel (Lillenas), Heaven and Earth Rejoice (Hal Leonard), Thank You for the Cross (Lillenas), Crown Him King (LifeWay), Man of Sorrows, King of Glory (LifeWay), Jesus Christ Is Lord (Lillenas) CD available separately contains full demo recordings and complete tracks (enhanced piano versions)

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More About Marty Parks

Marty Parks Marty Parks received his Bachelor of Music at the University of Tennessee and his Master of Music at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has served as a director of worship ministries for many years, and has created and arranged many works for Lillenas Publishing Company. He and his wife, Vicki, have four children, Brandt, Jarrod, Stanford, and Sarah Beth.

Marty Parks currently resides in Madison.

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Love it (in general).  Feb 14, 2009
We usually have literally 10-12 people in our choir and we sing only on special-event Sundays like Christmas, Easter, Pentecost, Thanksgiving, so this book was very useful. We only did two of the songs so that leaves several to choose from for future years.

I like the lively songs, and I like the two-part music. Four-part is basically beyond us, but we sound good with the two-part harmony, and the arranger throws in several passages of just-men, just-women, and soloists, as well as unison, to keep it interesting.

However, what I find annoying, and "O for a Dozen Tongues to Sing: For Special Days" does the same thing, is that the songs are too high, and there are too many slow songs included. If you only have a dozen people, they are going to be average, and chances are the men are not going to want to spend long periods of time around middle C and the women are not going to sound their best above high C. Similarly, we are a small choir and meet on an ad hoc basis, so the slow songs do not highlight our strengths. We do well with enthusiasm and spirit and not so well with intonation.

I would love for Marty Parks to do more and more of these books, just pitching them down a step or two and including a majority of rousing, spirited songs and fewer ballady types.

Here's what's included (with my notes):
Light of the Stable (love it)
Thou Shalt Know Him When He Comes (too high)
The Snow Lay on the Ground (love it)
Holy Is His Name (beautiful...could be used any time of year)
Sing We Now of Christmas (too high)
Patapan (pretty high...)
Come, Emmanuel (beautiful)
How Great Our Joy (too high)
After December Slips Away (ballady but beautiful)
Christ Is Come (nice)

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