SACRED MUSIC COMPOSITIONS

If you are interested in purchasing any of my compositions, please send me an email at - markdslatermusic@gmail.com - or click the link below!

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SERVICE MUSIC

 
The Lord's Prayer - $25

I actually wrote this back in the 70’s when I was an undergrad at the Crane School of Music. For my last two years up there I was also the music director at the Newman Center in Potsdam, NY. It is currently one of two Lord’s Prayer settings that we use at St. Elizabeth Episcopal Church in Buda, TX. Our congregation LOVES to sing this! In addition to the Piano/ Vocal score I have included a vocal only page which could be used in a program of service. I also have available instrumental parts for: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bb Trumpet (There is also a 2 trumpet set), French Horn, Violin, Viola, and Harp. Each part sells for $2.

Gloria - $25

A few years ago our church started a program in which we traveled through the Bible in order. The Pastor at the time wanted some service music that was more Hebrew sounding to give an older feel to the music versus the more modern settings that we usually use. In addition to the Piano/Vocal score I have included a vocal only page which could be used in a program of service. I also have available instrumental parts for: Bb Trumpet, French Horn, and Violin. Each part sells for $2.

Sanctus - $25

This sanctus was created for the same purpose as my Gloria. I was definitely channeling my inner “Fiddler on the Roof” experiences! In addition to the Piano/Vocal score I have included a vocal only page which could be used in a program of service. I also have available instrumental parts for: Bb Trumpet, French Horn, and Violin. Each part sells for $2.

 

PIANO SOLOS

40 Days - $5.00

This is a beautiful medley of two Lenten hymns. Forty Days and Forty Nights combined with Lord, Who Throughout These Forty Days creates a reflective piece that is well suited to this part of the liturgical year.

Amazing Grace - $5.00

This is a simple yet poignant setting of this popular church melody. It flows seamlessly from 4/4 to 3/4 and back to 4/4. This would be perfect for a meditation moment in a service.

America - $4.00

This is a unique treatment of this American Patriotic Song. Written in 4/4 time, I utilized very unpredictable chords in the harmonization. This short piece can stand alone or be paired with “America the Beautiful”.

America the Beautiful - $4.00

Continuing in the same style as “America” the harmonies get very complex. This too can stand alone or be paired with “America”. If performing them together I found that skipping the intro to “America the Beautiful” and simply playing a “G” pick-up to measure 5 is very effective.

Beach Spring - $5.00

Another neat arrangement that moves between 4/4 and 3/4 time. In some hymnals “Beach Spring” has been used as the melody for “As We Gather at Your Table” or “May the Grace of God Our Savior”. This one is guaranteed to please!

Brother James’ Air - $4.00

A short but beautiful arrangement of this old standard. In some hymnals this melody is used for the words to “How Lovely is Thy Dwelling Place”.

Christ for the World We Sing! - $5.00

Based on the melody by Felice de Giardini (1716-1796), this lovely melody is written in an elegant ballad style. An inspirational piece that can be played throughout most of the year.

Humbly We Adore Thee - $5.00

Originally conceived for French Horn and Piano, I started working on the arrangement on March 2, 2020. Little did I know that my dad would pass away that evening. In addition, the original arrangement was the last Prelude to be performed at my church before everything shut down due to the pandemic. About a year later, I re-worked it to be a piano solo. Humbly We Adore Thee is based on an old French church melody, Adoro devote. The words that go with the chant-like tune are attributed to Thomas Aquinas. My arrangement utilizes some pretty interesting chords, all of which make this a tender yet powerful piece.

Let All Mortal Flesh - $5.00

My wife’s favorite hymn! The Picardy melody is a 17th century French carol. My arrangement opens with a light and delicate introduction. The hymn tune is scored at a much slower tempo than the actual hymn. This gives time to hear the lush harmonization. The piece ends with an allusion to the introduction. Very pretty.

Pange Lingua - $5.00

A haunting arrangement of this 14th century plainsong. This is perfect for a meditation moment during a Holy Week service.

Praise Medley - $5.00

I wrote the harmonization for the Doxology - “Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow “(Old 100th) a least a decade ago for St John’s Episcopal Church in Essex, CT. Since it is relatively short I decided to pair it with “We Will Extol You, Everblessed Lord” (Old 124th). Despite the sudden key change the arrangement works! If needed each tune could be played separately. I included chord changes on this one as well.

Wade in the Water - $5.00

I arranged this classic spiritual with a moody, slow tempo feel. It employs an interesting mix of straight and swing styles. This is a well known tune that is sure to please any audience (congregation).

 
What Wondrous Love - $5.00

A contemplative arrangement of this popular melody from The Southern Harmony. Constantly shifting chord changes create a very modern harmonization that is both surprising and satisfying.

Wilt Thou Forgive That Sin - $5.00

In the Episcopal Hymnal (1982) the words to this hymn appear in two different settings. My arrangement is based on Hymn #140 which uses the Donne melody attributed to John Hilton (1599-1657). Perhaps this is a lesser known hymn for the season of Lent but it is none the less a beautiful and reverent setting.

HYMN TUNES - PROCESSIONAL/RECESSIONAL

(These arrangements were written for the period of time when we were able to have inside service but no singing and no wind instruments.)

Alleluia! Sing to Jesus! - $4.00
Christ is Made the Sure Foundation - $4.00
The Church’s One Foundation - $4.00
Come, Ye Thankful People, Come - $4.00
Hail to the Lord’s Anointed - $4.00
Holy God, We Praise Thy Name - $4.00
Holy, Holy, Holy - $5.00
Holy, Holy, Holy(short version) - $4.00
Lead Us, Heavenly Father - $4.00
Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates - $4.00
Praise to the Living God! - $4.00