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With Heart and Voice: Anthems Across America

Roger Wilhelm, music director
Peter DuBois, organ

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From the beginning of our history, the American people have made music a part of their religious expression. Changing musical fashions through the years have sometimes had less than universal appeal. But during the second half of the twentieth century American church music has risen from the "unsingable, unappealing and unreligious" compositions of the past to a genre of musical expression which has captured the imagination of this country's best-known composers.

For many years, the works of American composers of sacred music were neglected by professional performing groups and the recording industry. But today there are signs of an awakened interest in American composition. More of it is being performed, published and recorded than ever before. Each of the composers and arrangers represented here has contributed substantially to our unique musical tradition with styles that seem distinctively American. There are many more Americam composers who are equally deserving. We hope that this recording will be a first step in preserving the best of this rich heritage for future generations to admire and enjoy.


Praise God with heart and voice Cary Ratcliff
I will Arise and Go to Jesus John Carter
Psalm 133 Richard Proulx
Christ hath a garden K. Lee Scott
Unto Thee, O God Alan Hovhaness
Trumpet Tune in D Major (organ) David N. Johnson
Ave Maria David Conte
Loving hands Cary Ratcliff
The heavens tell out the glory of God  Daniel Pinkham
Make a joyful noise unto the Lord Kirke Mechem
The Lord is my shepherd Thomas Matthews
Drop, drop, slow tears (chorale and organ prelude) Vincent Persichetti
Drop, drop, slow tears Robert Graham
Songs Abound Katherine Davis
I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills Leo Sowerby
Holy Manna John Carter
Mercy and truth are met together Ned Rorem
Hail, Sacred Feast Nick Strimple
As pants the hart for cooling streams Crawford Thoburn
God is my strong salvation Austin Lovelace
Thou hast turned my laments into dancing  Daniel Pinkham
Warrenton Niles/Sheppard
The Tree of Life K. Lee Scott

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