More Music of the Season

Mike RiessMusic, News

In addition to Christmas Hymns from the Moravian Book of Worship, we have curated a collection of new recordings of music by and for Moravians. Some appear in "Sing the Lord A New Song, A New Moravian Songbook," while others are performances by Moravians across the U.S. and Canada.  Note that many of these recordings may be used in services developed by Moravian congregations.   

A playlist that lets you listen to all the music featured in this section is is available at the bottom of this page.

"Morning Star" by Second Valley

A new rendition of an old favorite by young Moravians.

"Since 2018 Jacob Messick, Thomas Sawtelle, Mason Sawtelle and John Poston have been singing, plucking and strumming in a style that can only be described as North Carolina born folk with pure Americana spirit. Their music seems to beckon one to take the road less traveled, or more aptly, the trail less traveled. It could make a soundtrack for getting lost in the Appalachian woods."
-- Creative Loafing, Charlotte, N.C. 

On Christmas Night All Christians Sing

David Blum of the Moravian Music Foundation wrote this new setting for "On Christmas Night," performed by the Chancel Choir of Maple Springs United Methodist Church, Jayson Snipes, director.

New Music "Apart on Christmas Eve"

The Rev. Greg Behrend, pastor of Our Savior's Moravian Church in Altura, Minn., wrote a new piece called "Apart on Christmas Eve" that speaks to some of the challenges individuals are facing during the Christmas season.

Download the audio file here.

Download words and chords here.

Manger in My Heart

In the Sing to the Lord a New Song Moravian songbook, the Rev. Rick Beck contributed an original Christmas song called Manger in My Heart.  Here is Greg Behrend's recording of Rick's tune.

 

Download the audio file here.

Download the music here.

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Songs by Reserved Parking

This group of talented Moravian musicians, including Jake Burcaw, drums; Ruth Cole Burcaw, vocals; Mel Howell, guitar; Randy Noftle, guitar/bass and Kathleen Sawtelle, vocals, hails from the Winston-Salem, N.C. area where they provide worship music for Unity Moravian Church.

To view files, click the play button on the thumbnails to the right.

To download videos for use in your services, click the links below.

To download audio files, click the links below.

  • Come Light Our Hearts Drink Your Tea Music (ASCAP) / All rights reserved. Used by permission.
  • God's Own Son Copyright © 2015 Common Hymnal Digital (BMI) The Telling Songs (BMI) Ryan Flanigan Music (BMI)  All rights reserved. Used by permission.
  • Magnificat © Flo Paris Oakes, used with permission.
  • O Come, O Come Emmanuel arrangement Copyright © 2013 Integrity Worship Music (ASCAP) Leadworship Songs (ASCAP) Sardache Songs (ASCAP) All rights reserved. Used by permission.
Special Music from the Moravian Music Foundation

The Moravian Music Foundation preserves, shares and celebrates Moravian music culture.

Music for Brass

These new recordings of horn arrangements are from the Green and Blue Band Books, performed by Anita Cirba (soprano trumpet) Mary Elen Kollman (alto trumpet) and Eric Salzwedel (trombones).

 

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Break Forth O Beauteous Heavenly Light

How Bright Appears the Morning Star

Once He Came in Blessing

Veiled in Darkness Judah Lay

Wake Awake for Night is Flying

 

Hail, Infant Newborn
David Moritz Michael (1751-1827)

A choral anthem, edited from the Bethlehem Congregation Collection. The only surviving parts were the bass vocal, strings, and organ. Karl Kroeger re-constructed, edited, and arranged the piece for SATB chorus. Nola Knouse re-edited the piece for publication in the Moravian Star Anthem Series. Erik Salzwedel then adapted the anthem for full brass choir; the version here was recorded with 2 trumpeters, and 1 trombonist over-dubbing the four lower parts.

Video from MMF
Moravian Music Foundation on Spotify

Selected Moravian Music Foundation-recorded music is now available on Spotify for listening anytime. 

To purchase any of the CDs of this music, visit www.moravianmusic.org.

Selections from Robert Rominger

Songwriter and musician Robert Rominger is a member of Konnoak Hills Moravian Church in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  He shares these two original songs for the season.

 

Music by Brad Bennett and Sam Gray

The Rev. Brad Bennett and Rt. Rev. Sam Gray teamed up to perform a number of wonderful Christmas tunes. Brad wrote "Light a Candle;" others are traditional favorites.  Videos edited by Matt Spies.

To download audio versions of these, click below.

New Music: "Light In Our Darkness"

Jill Bruckart of Bethlehem, Pa. has written many anthems, hymns and other special music. Offered here is her piece, "Light in Our Darkness" recorded this fall at College Hill Moravian Church.

Download audio file here.

Download music PDF here.