You can purchase the sheet music on my website, as well as download the MP3. I’ve always loved this piece, and I hope my arrangement captures some of my feelings about this beautiful land!
I’ve always loved the hymn, How Great Thou Art. I often think of it while walking through the woods or looking at the stars. It’s easy to feel lost in such a big universe, but just think: the Creator of everything is your Father. And He IS great. And to think that His Son is my older Brother, is just amazing.
The melody comes from an old Swedish folk tune, but here’s the story behind the the original lyrics, as recorded on Assist News Service:
MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA (ANS) — In 1885, a young Swedish pastor named Karl Gustav Boberg was walking home from church when he was caught in a severe thunderstorm, and almost died! He then watched as the storm passed, the sun came out and shone on the waters of the bay, and the birds started singing in the trees.
This juxtaposition made him reflect on God’s mighty power and control over nature, and he was inspired (in the literal sense of the word, I believe) to write a poem about what he had witnessed. He named the poem “O Store Gud” (O Mighty God), and submitted the poem to the local newspaper, which published it. That was the end of things…or so he thought.
Carl Gustaf Boberg who wrote the original verses to what
became How Great Thou Art.
A few years later, Pastor Boberg was attending a conference when he heard a group of people singing an old Swedish folk tune, but with some sort of different words. (This folk tune is similar to, but distinctly different from, the tune we sing today. For one thing, it is in 3/4, while the tune we use now is in 4/4. The Swedish folk melody also was sung at a faster tempo, and was just more “peppy.”) He was amazed to discover that those words were the words to his own poem! This new hymn had become popular throughout Sweden, and soon spread to other parts of northern Europe, including Estonia.
Please let me know if you would like to see this arrangement on sheet music! I’d be glad to do it if there’s interest.
Update: I did create sheet music for this arrangement. You can get it here: http://chashathaway.com/music/sheetmusic/how-great-thou-art
Okay, so my Christmas album release came and went, Christmas came and went, New Years came and went, and my busy self hasn’t done much with music since the album release – didn’t even blog. So, on a whim, I’m resolving to do one simple improv a day for a month. That means I’m going to sit down at the piano, start the recorder, and play something that’s hopefully never been played before. Then I’ll post the recording on my blog. On Sundays, I’ll do hymn/primary song arrangement improvs.
Anywho, here’s the first, it’s a simple improv arrangement of Beautiful Savior. Not to be confused with my published arrangement of the same song.
Harrah!!! I’ve finally got the piano solo arrangement of We’ll Bring the World His Truth available for sheet music purchase. I had to get permissions from Janice Kapp Perry, so it took a little longer than usual. But now it’s here! To see the real store, go to chashathaway.com, but to save you a step, I’ve pasted all the links so you can buy it right from this page if you want:
Purchase Sheet music for $3.95
On Wednesday, a friend called and asked if I could help her perform the hymn, Come, Come Ye Saints, at a 24th of July celebration (which is basically Utah’s birthday, for the benefit of all you out-of-staters), so I threw together an arrangement, and we performed it on Thursday. It went awesome! She has a great voice, and the performance went well. So on Friday I located a piano and touched up the arrangement to make it a piano solo. So here’s the tune! You’ll notice that I recorded it on a real piano. I’m curious what people think about the sound. I’m not sure I like it better than my GarageBand piano that I usually use, but I’d love to get your input. Obviously I need to work on the best placing for the microphone, but how does this sound compare with the GarageBand piano I use on all my other pieces? Also, let me know if you’d be interested in buying the sheet music for this piece if I made it.
I finally got around to putting my Hymn Arrangements on playlist.com. So if you have one of those cool little playlists on your blog or website, then pick a tune on the playlist below and click the little “add” button to add the song it to your playlist. Come on, you know you want to! If you don’t have a playlist on your blog, it’s easy to set up. Let me know in the comments and I’ll give you a little tutorial.
I didn’t realize until researching for which Christmas music to choose for the CD that Coventry Carol is over 400 years old! I knew I couldn’t resist using a tune that had been around that long.
Actually, I always forget whether it’s Do You See What I See? or Do You Hear What I Hear? Either way, I love the song. This one’s a piano solo. I guess about half of the pieces have flutes so far. Anyway, enjoy!
Would you believe that the hymn, Beautiful Savior, was written in the 1600s? Crazy, huh? I’ve always loved the song, and had fun coming up with an arrangement for it. Let me know if you’d like me to make the sheet music available for purchase. I usually choose what music to put on sheet music based on the demand, so let me know if you’d like it in sheet music!
by Author Unknown, 1677
King of Creation,
Son of God and Son of Man!
Truly I’d love Thee,
Truly I’d serve Thee,
Light of my soul, my Joy, my Crown.
Fair are the meadows,
Fair are the woodlands,
Robed in flowers of blooming spring;
Jesus is fairer,
Jesus is purer;
He makes our sorrowing spirit sing.
Fair is the sunshine,
Fair is the moonlight,
Bright the sparkling stars on high;
Jesus shines brighter,
Jesus shines purer,
Than all the angels in the sky.
Lord of the nations,
Son of God and Son of Man!
Glory and honor,
Now and forevermore be Thine!
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