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Register now: Music Ministry Alive!

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Music Ministry Alive!
July 26-31, 2016 
St. Catherine University 
Saint Paul, Minnesota

As of today, ALL of the application materials and other information for Music Ministry Alive 2016 ("With the Eyes of Mercy") are up and available at: www.musicministryalive.com  

To all potential youth and adult applicants: we invite you to visit the site. And remember that...  Read Full Story >>>

Psalm 19: Your Words Are Spirit and Life, O Lord (Farrell)

Psalm 19: "Your Words Are Spirit and Life, O Lord" by Bernadette Farrell. Sung at St. Mary's Church. Lead voice: R. Schletty. Piano: L. Strom. 

Available at Spirit & Song: http://www.spiritandsong.com/compositions/10406

REFRAIN: Your words are spirit and life, O Lord:
life everlasting.

God's law is perfect, refreshing the soul,
reviving the weary spirit.
God's rule can be trusted: bringing us... 

We Are Many Parts (Marty Haugen)

Good song with a good message. Guitar and voice: Richard Schletty. Piano: Larry Strom. Note how I soon realized I needed to capo to third fret! Duh.

We Are Many Parts (Marty Haugen)

Refrain: We are many parts, we are all one body,
and the gifts we have we are given to share.
May the Spirit of love make us one indeed... Read Full Story >>>

We Three Kings

We Three Kings sung at the Church of St. Mary, January 3, 2016.

We three kings of Orient are
Bearing gifts we traverse afar.
Field and fountain, moor and mountain...  Read Full Story >>>

Brightest and Best (Heber, STAR IN THE EAST)

My voice got better. A cold plagued me at 11:30 Mass on Christmas Day. Here is our prelude song for Feast of the Epiphany on January 3.

Brightest and Best, a song for Feast of the Epiphany. Text: Reginald Heber. Tune: STAR IN THE EAST, Southern Harmony, 1835).

Brightest and Best
Lyrics by Reginald Heber, 1783-1826

1. Brightest and best of the stars of the morning,
Dawn on our darkness and lend us thine aid;
Star of the East, the horizon adorning...  Read Full Story >>>

Of the Father's Love Begotten (Divinum Mysterium)

 

I chose to sing this in key of C rather than Eb. Too much church music is written too high for average voices. When will liturgical publishers get wise re vocal range?

Words: "Corde natus ex Parentis." Marcus A. C. Prudentius, 348-413. Translated by John M. Neale, 1818-1866 and Henry W. Baker, 1821-1877, alt.

Music: from a "Sanctus" trope, Mode V, 11th century. "Piae Cantiones," Greifswald, 1582.

1. Of the Father's love begotten
Ere the worlds began to be,
He is Alpha and Omega, ... Read Full Story >>>

Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming

Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming. Written in key of F. Should be in the key of D! Too high for my baritone voice. I will sing this on Christmas at the Church of Saint Mary in downtown Saint Paul.

Text: German, 15th century. Verses 1,2: Translated by Theodore Baker, 1851-1934. Vs. 3: Friedrich Layritz, 1808-1859. Translated by Harriet R. Krauth Spaeth, 1845-1925.

Music: German, 16th century. Speierischen Gesangbuch, Cologne, 1599. Harmony by Michael Praetorius, 1571-1621.

Lo, how a Rose e'er blooming from tender stem hath sprung!
Of Jesse's lineage coming as prophets long have sung...  Read Full Story >>>

"A Colorful Christmas" album - from Classical to Blues to Pop-Rock

"A Colorful Christmas" is a recently released Christmas album with a wide variety of styling. Richard Schletty contributed three original songs and helped record and/or master four other songs. Richard is happy to be in the company of these hip Baltimore-area artists (former Punk Rock musicians who migrated to Blues/R&B/Pop). Produced by Fetal Records (headed by Azar Dagher who is a TopCatholicSongs.com member). For the songs I worked on, I had brilliant assistance from composer-arranger André van Haren (Sweden) and from Four Hands Project in Spain (Alberto Ayuso Domingo and David Gomez Sanz). The Spanish version of "Sleep, Baby, Sleep" was translated to "Duerme, Niño, Duerme" by my son-in-law, Elias de Andres Martos. He also tried to coach me in Castillian Spanish pronunciation. He says that I sing it with a Minnesota accent. Oh well, I tried!

Official site: http://www.fetalrecords.com/the-christmas-album
Awesome review: http://www.stubbyschristmas.com/home/a-colorful-christmas-fetal-records-...

Happy Holidays and Holy Days,
Richard Schletty

Psalm 126: The Lord Has Done Great Things For Us (Guimont 2010)

Psalm 126: The Lord Has Done Great Things For Us (Guimont 2010 Revised Grail). Richard Schletty and Mary Joy Rieder practicing at the Church of St. Mary. I chose to model this for you without guitar accompaniment. Compare to pre-2010 version: www.topcatholicsongs.com/the-lord-has-done-great-things-1963

Refrain:

The Lord has done great things for us, we are filled with joy.

Verses:

When the Lord brought back the exiles of Zion, we thought...  Read Full Story >>>

Christmas hymn (Khúc Ca Giáng Sinh) by Joseph Nguyễn Hồng Ân

A Christmas song (Khúc Ca Giáng Sinh) made by my friend Joseph Nguyễn Hồng Ân

 

Khúc Ca Giáng Sinh - 2015 - Ca sĩ Nguyễn Hồng Ân

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