Dr. Amy Prickett, Assistant Director and Vocal Music Specialist
A few suggestions of vocal solo pieces for Christ the King Sunday are:
Ride On King Jesus by H.T. Burleigh from The Spirituals of Harry T. Burleigh, published by Belwin-Mills Publishing Corp., 1984. This piece was written for voice and piano and is available for high and low voice.
King of Glory, King of Peace by K. Lee Scott can be found in the book Rejoice Now My Spirit: Vocal Solos for the Church Year, published by Augsburg Fortress, 1992. This piece is written for piano accompaniment and can be found in medium high and medium low keys.
Here are some options for Advent solos:
Nun wandre, Maria by Hugo Wolf, which he wrote as a part of his Spanisches Liederbuch. This song can be found in Wolf 65 Songs: for voice and piano published by International Music Company, 1960. The collection is available for high and low voices. If you do not already have access to this collection, it is also available on the International Music Score Library Project (IMSLP) website within the Geistliche Lieder (Sacred Songs) collection. Click on the link for the piano vocal score. http://imslp.org/wiki/Spanisches_Liederbuch_(Wolf,_Hugo)
Max Reger arranged several of Wolf’s Lieder for voice and organ, published by Bärenreiter, 2003. Nun wander, Maria is included in this collection if you prefer to use the organ instead of piano.
Öffne dich, mein ganzes Herze by J.S. Bach, from BWV 61 Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland can be found in Bach Arias for the Church Year for soprano, published by Concordia, 1989. This collection is arranged for voice and piano, although a full score, instrumental parts and vocal score is available on IMSLP. Click on the link for these scores. http://imslp.org/wiki/Nun_komm,_der_Heiden_Heiland,_BWV_61_(Bach,_Johann_Sebastian)
Come, Thou dear Redeemer by Cesar Franck is in the book Solos for the Church Year: A Collection of Sacred Songs, published by Lawson-Gould Music Publishers, Inc., 1957. This collection is written for voice and piano, and is available for high voice and low voice.
CMI has plans to expand the online library to include solo repertoire and children's choir anthems in the near future. But the online choral library is also a great tool to help you with your with special music needs by searching the library for unison anthems. Select the "Voicing" search field and click on "unison," then select the search field "Topical Reference" or “Lectionary Reference” for the season which you are needing a piece.
For example, if you are looking for Christ the King pieces select “Topical Reference” and click on “Christ the King” Sunday. If you prefer to search by “Lectionary Reference” then click on Proper 29 (Christ the King) for the year you need the piece. A few pieces you will find are:
Christ the King by Robert Lind, published by Augsburg Fortress, 1982. This anthem can be accompanied by piano or organ and has optional instrumental parts for flute and handbells. The range for the voice in this piece is E4 to D5.
Jubilate Deo by Herbert Howells, published by Oxford University Press and is written for voice and organ. The vocal range is C4 to E5.
We Come with Joyful Hearts by Michael Bedford, published by Coronet Press, 1984. The piece can be accompanied by piano or organ and includes an optional 2nd voice part if you would like to have a duet. The range of the piece is C4 to F5.
If you select Advent for the "topical reference," then a few options you will see are:
People Look East by Craig Phillips, published by Selah Publishing Co., 1995. The song is accompanied by organ and also has an optional 2nd part to be sung as a duet. The range of the piece is E flat 4 to E flat 5.
Magnificat by John Duke, published by Boston Music Company, 1970. This anthem is accompanied by organ and has a vocal range of C4 to F5.
A Star, a Song by Hal Hopson, published by Choristers Guild, 1975. This piece can be done with organ or piano and has a vocal range of D4 to E flat 5.
Unison anthems make great solos and you may find a few titles you already have in your own library.