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MUSIC PUBLICATIONS

CHORAL | HANDBELL | KEYBOARD | VOCAL

Here are a handful of my music compositions and arrangements. Many of these are published and can be ordered at your local retail music store or purchased online at J.W. Pepper, the world’s largest sheet music retailer:

Many others are available here as free downloads. I have also included audio files of any pieces for which I have a recording. If you have performed and/or recorded one of my pieces, drop me a line at info@neaveill.com. I would like to hear from you and, if possible, add your choir’s recording to my website.
       For another source of my music (primarily hymns), visit my composer page at the United Methodist Church’s Worship Resources site.

CHORAL MUSIC


Title: O Had I Wings
Publisher: Abingdon Press
Publication No.: 0687491940
Voicing: SATB and Keyboard
Scripture Reference: Psalm 55.6

Description: O Had I Wings is a setting of the tune ECSTASY which first appeared in the Sacred Harp (1844). The refrain, “O had I wings, I would fly away and be at rest” comes from Psalm 55.6. This piece is published by Abingdon Press (catalog number 0687491940). It can be ordered at your local music retail store (if not already in stock) or ordered online from J.W. Pepper or Cokesbury.


Title: Gloria
Publisher: Ryan Neaveill
Publication No.: N/A
Voicing: SATB and Keyboard
Scripture Reference: N/A

Description: Gloria is a rhythmic setting of text from the Latin Mass. The opening section “Gloria in excelsis deo” (“Glory to God in the highest”) in 5/8 time contrasts with the melodically beautiful middle section “et in terra pax hominibus” (“and on earth peace to those of good will”) This piece received an honorable mention in the 2004 Vanguard Premieres Choral Composition Contest. The recording used here is the Camdenton High School Choir (Camdenton, Missouri) under the direction of Trent Clayton and accompanied by Cheri Bonacker.


Title: Laudamus Te (We Praise You, Lord)
Publisher: Hinshaw Music Inc.
Publication No.: HMC1894
Voicing: SATB and Keyboard with Optional C Instruments
Scripture Reference: N/A

Description: This is a two-part neo-classical setting of the traditional Latin text. An alternate English translation is also provided. The simple yet beautiful melodic lines make this piece accessible to younger singers, and the optional violin and cello (or other C instruments) give this piece an added touch of beauty and elegance. This piece is published by Hinshaw Music, Inc. (catalog number HMC1894). It can be ordered at your local music retail store (if not already in stock) or ordered online from J.W. Pepper.


Title: Let Everything That Has Breath Praise the Lord
Publisher: Concordia Publishing House
Publication No.: 98-3459
Voicing: SATB and Keyboard
Scripture Reference: Psalm 150

Description: This is an upbeat setting of Psalm 150 that will get your congregation moving and clapping! Although presented here as a choral arrangement, this is really a contemporary Christian song that would work well for Praise Teams as well. A lively piece that bridges the genres of traditional and contemporary. This piece is published by Concordia Publishing House (catalog number 98-3459). It can be ordered at your local music retail store (if not already in stock) or ordered online from J.W. Pepper.


Title: In Christ There Is No East or West
Publisher: Logia (Concordia Publishing House)
Publication No.: 98-3425
Voicing: SATB and Keyboard
Scripture Reference: Galatians 3.28

Description: This is a contemporary setting of the hymntext In Christ There Is No East or West by John Oxenham. This piece is published by Concordia Publishing House (catalog number 98-3425). It can be ordered at your local music retail store (if not already in stock) or ordered online from J.W. Pepper.


Title: From All That Dwell Below the Skies
Publisher: Shepherd Publications
Publication No.: 1998-001
Voicing: SATB
Scripture Reference: Psalm 117

Description: This is a marvelous piece from one of the United States’ earliest composers. From All That Dwell Below the Skies falls under the classification of fuging tune--a popular idiom in colonial New England in the late 18th century and used frequently by many early American composers including William Billings. Fuging tunes typically begin with all voices together in a homophonic hymn-like statement, followed by a section where each voice enters one after the other in an imitative manner similar to a fugue. Another striking characteristic of this genre is the use of open fifths, as well as the nontraditional use of parallel fifths. These features, in addition to the contrast between homophony and polyphony, give this style of music its unique flavor.


Title: Silent Night
Publisher: Shepherd Publications
Publication No.: 1998-006
Voicing: SATB
Scripture Reference: N/A

Description: This is a superb arrangement of a Christmas classic. The melodic lines weave together to create a seamless arrangement that is harmonically interesting, musical, and captures perfectly the images depicted by the text.


Title: I Want to Be Ready
Publisher: Hinshaw Music Inc.
Publication No.: HMC1596
Voicing: SATB and Keyboard
Scripture Reference: N/A

Description: This is an upbeat gospel-style arrangement of a traditional African-American spiritual that is sure to get your congregation moving and clapping their hands. The melodic lines are clear and simple to ensure success with even beginner singers. There is a middle section that can be assigned to soloists (or done as soli). This piece is published by Hinshaw Music, Inc. (catalog number HMC1596). It can be ordered at your local music retail store (if not already in stock) or ordered online from J.W. Pepper.


Title: Early My God Without Delay
Publisher: Shepherd Publications
Publication No.: 1997-002
Voicing: SATB
Scripture Reference: Psalm 63

Description: This is a marvelous piece from one of the United States’ earliest composers. Early, My God, Without Delay falls under the classification of fuging tune--a popular idiom in colonial New England in the late 18th century and used frequently by many early American composers including William Billings. Fuging tunes typically begin with all voices together in a homophonic hymn-like statement (mm. 1-11 in this edition), followed by a section where each voice enters one after the other in an imitative manner similar to a fugue (mm. 12-23). Another striking characteristic of this genre is the use of open fifths (for example, the cadences in mm. 23 and 28), as well as the nontraditional use of parallel fifths (note the soprano and alto parts in m. 3). These features, in addition to the contrast between homophony and polyphony, give this style of music its unique flavor. This edition also features two vocal exercises based on material found in the piece.


Title: The Star-Spangled Banner
Publisher: Shepherd Publications
Publication No.: 1997-001
Voicing: SATB
Scripture Reference: N/A

Description: This is a wonderful new arrangement of the U.S. national anthem. The voice leadings are clear and logical and the ending is quite memorable with its imitative and melismatic melodic lines that build to a fortissimo finish. If you’ve been singing the same old arrangement of our national anthem, this piece will be a welcome change. Many people have remarked that this is the best arrangement of The Star-Spangled Banner they’ve ever heard.


Title: In the Mornin’ (Give Me Jesus)
Publisher: Hinshaw Music Inc.
Publication No.: HMC1561
Voicing: SATB and Keyboard
Scripture Reference: N/A

Description: In the Mornin’ (also known as Give Me Jesus) is a gorgeous arrangement of a traditional African-American spiritual that will give your congregation one of those “ahhh” experiences. The three-part voicing is perfect for the smaller church choir and the melodic lines are clear and simple to ensure success with even beginner singers. The piano accompaniment, with its beautiful and flowing lines, will be a hit with your accompanist as well. This piece is published by Hinshaw Music, Inc. (catalog number HMC1561). It can be ordered at your local music retail store (if not already in stock) or ordered online from J.W. Pepper.


Title: I’m Gonna Sing
Publisher: Hinshaw Music Inc.
Publication No.: HMC1562
Voicing: SATB and Keyboard
Scripture Reference: N/A

Description: This is an upbeat gospel-style arrangement of a traditional African-American spiritual that is sure to get your congregation moving and clapping their hands. The three-part voicing is perfect for the smaller church choir and the melodic lines are clear and simple to ensure success with even beginner singers. There is a middle section that can be assigned to soloists (or done as soli). This piece is published by Hinshaw Music, Inc. (catalog number HMC1562). It can be ordered at your local music retail store (if not already in stock) or ordered online from J.W. Pepper.


Title: How Beauteous Are Their Feet
Publisher: Shepherd Publications
Publication No.: SP1999-002
Voicing: SATB
Scripture Reference: Isaiah 52.7-10

Description: This is a marvelous piece from one of the United States’ earliest composers. How Beauteous Are Their Feet falls under the classification of fuging tune--a popular idiom in colonial New England in the late 18th century and used frequently by many early American composers including William Billings. Fuging tunes typically begin with all voices together in a homophonic hymn-like statement, followed by a section where each voice enters one after the other in an imitative manner similar to a fugue. Another striking characteristic of this genre is the use of open fifths, as well as the nontraditional use of parallel fifths. These features, in addition to the contrast between homophony and polyphony, give this style of music its unique flavor.


HANDBELL MUSIC


Title: Be Thou My Vision
Publisher: Ryan Neaveill
Publication No.: N/A
Voicing: Handbells (4 octaves)
Scripture Reference: N/A

Description: A lovely four-octave handbell arrangement of the Irish folk-hymn Be Thou My Vision.


Title: In the Sweet Bye and Bye
Publisher: Theodore Presser Co.
Publication No.: 114-40690
Voicing: Handbells (3 octaves)
Scripture Reference: N/A

Description: In the Sweet Bye and Bye is an arrangement using 3 octaves (28 bells). It was arranged at the same time as three other handbell pieces: ’Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus; Swing Low, Sweet Chariot; and Sweet Hour of Prayer. Each of these four pieces has the word sweet in its title. Put them all together and call it the Sweet Suite! This piece is published by Theodore Presser Co. (catalog number 114-40690). It can be ordered at your local music retail store (if not already in stock) or ordered online from J.W. Pepper.


Title: Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
Publisher: Theodore Presser Co.
Publication No.: 114-40689
Voicing: Handbells (3 octaves)
Scripture Reference: 2 Kings 2.11

Description: This lovely arrangmenet of the African-American spiritual Swing Low, Sweet Chariot uses 3 octaves (25 bells). This piece is published by Theodore Presser Co. (catalog number 114-40689). It can be ordered at your local music retail store (if not already in stock) or ordered online from J.W. Pepper.


Title: ’Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus
Publisher: Theodore Presser Co.
Publication No.: 114-40688
Voicing: Handbells (3 octaves)
Scripture Reference: N/A

Description: This arrangement of the nineteenth-century hymntune ’Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus uses 3 octaves (34 bells). This piece is published by Theodore Presser Co. (catalog number 114-40688). It can be ordered at your local music retail store (if not already in stock) or ordered online from J.W. Pepper.


Title: Sweet Hour of Prayer
Publisher: Shepherd Publications
Publication No.: SP1998-003
Voicing: Handbells (3 octaves)
Scripture Reference: N/A

Description: This is a simple yet lovely arrangement of the Hymntune Sweet Hour of Prayer by William Bradbury. It uses 3 octaves (24 bells). It is available here as a free download.


Title: Deep River
Publisher: Shepherd Publications
Publication No.: SP1998-007
Voicing: Handbells (3 octaves)
Scripture Reference: N/A

Description: A moving African American Spiritual arranged for three octave handbell choir. It is available here as a free download.


Title: Bridal Chorus
Publisher: Shepherd Publications
Publication No.: SP1999-003
Voicing: Handbells (3 octaves)
Scripture Reference: N/A

Description: Wagner’s Bridal Chorus, a popular choice for wedding music, is arranged here for handbells and is available as a free download.


Title: Two Chopin Preludes
Publisher: Shepherd Publications
Publication No.: SP1999-005
Voicing: Handbells (4 octaves)
Scripture Reference: N/A

Description: Two piano preludes by Chopin arranged here for handbells and available as a free download.


Title: Theme from Brahms’ Third Symphony
Publisher: Shepherd Publications
Publication No.: SP1998-005
Voicing: Handbells (4 octaves)
Scripture Reference: N/A

Description: The beautiful theme from Johannes Brahms’ Third Symphony arranged for handbells. It is available here as a free download.


KEYBOARD MUSIC


Title: Ry Guy’s Rag
Publisher: Shepherd Publications
Publication No.: SP1998-004
Voicing: Keyboard
Scripture Reference: N/A

Description: A fun ragtime piano piece—a bit of a cross between Joplin and Gershwin.


Title: Prelude II
Publisher: Ryan Neaveill
Publication No.: N/A
Voicing: Keyboard
Scripture Reference: N/A

Description: The second prelude in a series written for keyboard in a neo-baroque style utilizing traditional rules of counterpoint.


Title: Prelude IV
Publisher: Ryan Neaveill
Publication No.: N/A
Voicing: Keyboard
Scripture Reference: N/A

Description: The fourth prelude in a series written for keyboard in a neo-baroque style utilizing traditional rules of counterpoint.


Title: Prelude IX
Publisher: Ryan Neaveill
Publication No.: N/A
Voicing: Keyboard
Scripture Reference: N/A

Description: The ninth prelude in a series written for keyboard in a neo-baroque style utilizing traditional rules of counterpoint.


Title: Prelude XI
Publisher: Ryan Neaveill
Publication No.: N/A
Voicing: Keyboard
Scripture Reference: N/A

Description: The eleventh prelude in a series written for keyboard in a neo-baroque style utilizing traditional rules of counterpoint.


Title: Prelude XII
Publisher: Ryan Neaveill
Publication No.: N/A
Voicing: Keyboard
Scripture Reference: N/A

Description: The twelfth prelude in a series written for keyboard in a neo-baroque style utilizing traditional rules of counterpoint.


Title: Prelude XVII
Publisher: Ryan Neaveill
Publication No.: N/A
Voicing: Keyboard
Scripture Reference: N/A

Description: The seventeenth prelude in a series written for keyboard in a neo-baroque style utilizing traditional rules of counterpoint.


VOCAL MUSIC


Title: Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee
Publisher: Shepherd Publications
Publication No.: SP2004-002
Voicing: Vocal Solo and Keyboard
Scripture Reference: N/A

Description: A setting of the hymn that was based on the theme from Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.