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Can't Let Go album by Schletty, Steiner and Anselm

This project is a virtual collaboration between Richard Schletty (Minnesota, USA) and Hendrik Steiner and Karl Anselm (Germany). It's an Art Rock album which combines classical and progressive stylings with lyrics that speak of love, contentment, loss, hope, social justice, earth care, dreams and spirituality. Direct link:

Thank you for listening and for your support.

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Ite Missa Est Alleluia Alleluia

Ite Missa Est Alleluia Alleluia

0:17 minutes (269.79 KB).

Psalm 8: O Lord, Our God - Trinity Sunday (by Richard Schletty)

Psalm 8 - Trinity Sunday - cycle C
Composed and performed by Richard Schletty This is my submission to the Sunday Psalm

Guitar and voice version:

Piano and voice version:

Song lead sheet (PDF), piano + voice staff notation (PDF) and two audio file demos (MP3) are available for download at bottom of story. Much credit and thanks go to Paul F. Page and André van Haren for help with piano arrangement and engraving.

Be sure to check out the piano + voice version in the attachments below.

Amaj7        D        Cmaj7          Bm7     Cmaj7   A   Cmaj7 A
 O Lord, our God, how wonderful your name in all the earth!
Verse 1
Cmaj7          D            Bm7                  Em
When I see the heavens, the work of your fingers,
    Cmaj7        Bm7               E
the moon and the stars which you arranged,
Cmaj7    D                   Em           
 what is man that you should keep him in mind,
    Am7    Bm7                   E    E7
the son of man that you care for him?  
Verse 2
Cmaj7         D               Bm7            Em
 Yet you have made him little lower than the angels;
     Cmaj7     Bm7       E
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Sequence for Pentecost: Mode I (guitar and voice)

Sequence for Pentecost. Voice and 6-string nylon string guitar performed by Richard Schletty. Text: Sequence for Pentecost, 13th Century; translated by Peter Scagnelli, © 1983. Tune: Mode I; accompaniment by Adrian Engels, © Interkerkelijke Stichting voor het Kerklied.

There are two days on the church calendar (Easter and Pentecost) when the liturgy calls for a "sequence," a special hymn that may be sung or recited before the gospel. The sequence for Pentecost dates from the 12th century. This setting's text is an English translation by Peter Scagnelli. It is #981 in GIA's RitualSong hymnbook and #470 in GIA's Gather Comprehensive, Second Edition.

The song art is the center portion of a massive 50-foot-wide mural I painted for Holy Spirit Parish a few years ago. Details here: Grasped by the Holy Spirit mural

Sequence for Pentecost

Holy Spirit, Lord Divine,
Come, from heights of heav’n and shine.
Come with blessed radiance bright!

Come, O Father of the poor,
Come, whose treasured gifts endure.
Come, our heart’s unfailing light!

Of consolers, wisest, best,
And our souls’ most welcome guest,
Sweet refreshment, sweet repose.

In our labor rest most sweet,
Pleasant coolness in the heat,
Consolation in our woes.

Light most blessed, shine with grace
In our heart’s most secret place,
Fill your faithful through and through!

Left without your presence here,
Life itself would disappear,
Nothing thrives apart from you!

Cleanse our soiled hearts of sin,
Arid souls refresh within,
Wounded lives to health restore!

Bend the stubborn heart and will,
Melt the frozen, warm the chill,
Guide the wayward home once more!

On the faithful who are true
And profess their faith in you,
In your sev’n-fold gift descend!

Give us virtue’s sure reward,
Give us your salvation, Lord,
Give us joys that never end!

3:15 minutes (7.45 MB).

A Free Gift from St. James Music Press

May 10, 2016 - A FREE GIFT from St. James Music Press 


It's almost Pentecost! The church year is just flying by, and we're thinking that we might tempt you with something sweet. Hmmm, tempting, you say?
For two-part mixed choir - men and women [trebles] with organ. An idyllic, sumptuous setting of a text by Christina Rossetti. The two parts start in unison, then enter in canon, then move into gentle harmony. Nothing difficult about this one - just exquisite writing. You will love it! The text is general enough to sing anytime, based on Matthew 6:26-28. A perfect summer anthem: flowers, birds, God's grace ... what more could you ask for?

Of course, our cunning plan in offering you this free anthem is to get you to realize that a yearly subscription to SJMP (only $139) will allow you to download anything and everything on this site - well worth the price  - just calculate the cost of three or four new anthems for your choir.

We put 125 new works on the website last year - anthems, cantatas, organ pieces, hand bell music, hymn harmonizations ... these added to the already 1650 works already there - a HUGE catalog, and something for everyone.
So, if you're not yet a member of SJMP, we're happy to... 

Looking for words and name of a May Procession hymn

A recent new user, Regina99, wrote:

"Looking for words and name of a May Procession hymn used each year in my elementary school years during this Mother's Day Procession to Our Lady. Here are some of the words: Roses we bring to thee, Queen of the Rosary....Red blooms with pain untold, blend with royal robes of gold....

Found this site accidentally while looking for the above hymn. I did not know it existed."

Can you help Regina find the hymn?

I found it!

"Queen of the Rosary" is hymn number 82 in Mount Mary Hymnal (published 1937). Words by Sister Chrysostom, SSND, and music by M. Haller. The entire hymnal is available as a PDF file via download from Corpus Christi Watershed (courtesy of Jeff Ostrowski). See the TCS article link below. It will lead you to the PDF file which is quite large – 82 MB:

For your convenience, Regina, I have taken a screen shot of "Queen of the Rosary" for you to download. See link below.

I am curious if there is a typo in the last line of verse 1 in the hymnal. Regina's version sounds more correct: "Red blooms for pain untold blend with royal robes of gold."

Queen of the Rosary

Through Your Rosary (Dear Mother, Virgin Mary)

Partial video demo of a song I am working on with Dan Vi Nguyen. Feel free to make suggestions for improvement. 

Details of project here:

Full audio demo:

Through Your Rosary (v3)

    C      Fmaj7         C   G
You made a promise to us all:
     Am     Em      F   G
That graces we will gain
C     Am7       Em  Am7
If we pray your rosary,
      F     G    F     C  
Sweet roses on a chain.

     Cmaj7          Dm   G
Dear Mother, Virgin Mary,
Am             Esus4 Em7
Draw us to the mysteries,
Dm       Am     Em   Am7
Guide us on our journey
   Dm     Em      F      G
To Heaven o'i, to Heaven high
F            Dm7  F  C
Through your rosary...  

Sheet Music and News from Virtual Sheet Music (April 2016)

From Fabrizio Ferrari who is CEO, violinist and music composer at Virtual Sheet Music. – Richard Schletty

I am sending you this letter to inform you of our latest additions and news (as you requested). Today we are also featuring our first music commentary, with deep musical insights, from our senior editor Jennifer Vose.

Important: Many of our users have not discovered our entire catalog yet, so here is the link:


Get Ready Now for Mother's Day

Don't delay to prepare the perfect music for Mother's Day. VSM has music just right to celebrate Mom on May 8th and beyond:

And if you scroll down the page at the above link, you'll find all versions of the famous Brahms' Lullaby, for a one-of-a-kind, musical Mother's Day gift. For all lullabies, and other tunes sure to touch Mom's heart, just click the link below...  Read Full Story >>>

Father Son and Holy Spirit

3:30 minutes (8.02 MB).

Virtual Sheet Music - new titles by André van Haren

New Exclusive Transcriptions and Arrangements in High Quality Sheet Music by Virtual Sheet Music® 

These are exclusive high quality, downloadable and printable digital sheet music titles by Virtual Sheet Music offered in PDF file format complete of audio MIDI and Mp3 files. Most of these items also include Mp3 accompaniment files to play along with your computer or Mp3 audio player. These arangements are exclusive, and cannot be found anywhere else!

Moments for string quartet "Moments" for string quartet, by Andre Van Haren

Moments for violin and piano "Moments" for violin and piano, by Andre Van Haren

Moments for piano solo "Moments" for piano solo, by Andre Van Haren


Many of our users have not discovered our entire catalog yet, so here is the link:

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Engraving guides for Sibelius 6 and 7.5 available on Amazon

Hi all! I am a big fan of the music notation software Sibelius and created 4 tutorials that are available on Amazon. All these guides are downloadable, and are Print Replicas Kindle Editions, which sounds very impressive, but simply means that they are printable PDF files! The information is explained in easy to follow steps and I included lots of helpful screenshots.

If you have any questions about these guides or if you need some help with a score that you are working on right now, feel free to contact me at

happy music making and best wishes,

Psalm 67: O God, Let All The Nations Praise You (Kraemer), 6th Sunday of Easter, Cycle C

MP3 Music Playlist: 

Jane KraemerPsalm 67: O God, Let All The Nations Praise You
for Sixth Sunday of Easter, Cycle C or for Thanksgiving Day Mass

Music: © 2016 Matilda Jane Kraemer –
Text: Revised Grail Psalms, © 2010 Conception Abbey/The Grail, admin. by GIA Publications, Inc. –

Baritone soloist: Richard Schletty –
Engraving (Sibelius): André van Haren –

Sheet music for this psalm is available in the link below. Additional song info here:

Kindly let us know if you use this psalm in your liturgy by commenting below or by sending a note to admin Richard Schletty. Thank you. Read Full Story >>>

Hungry For Heaven, 7th Movement: Lift Me Up

Movement 7 from Hungry For Heaven. A total of 11 movements at

Lift Me Up
7th Movement, Hungry for Heaven

Raise me skyward in a torrent
Energize me with your current
Rescue me from atrophy 
Lift me up in harmony

Now I vow to reach up higher
Never mind the pain or fire
Break the shackles... 

Joyous Light by The Project

Joyous light of the holy glory Of the Immortal Father Heavenly and wholly blessed, Jesus Christ. Having come to the setting of the sun We see the evening light We praise the Father and the Son And the Holy Spirit of God. And the Holy Spirit of God. It is right that you be praised At all times with holy sounds Son of God, the giver of life Therefore the world glorifies you. Therefore the world glorifies you.

4:45 minutes (5.6 MB).

Choir trainer/conductor needs choral arrangements for liturgical services

Onidrol wrote:

"I am a trainer/conductor of the San Isidro Parish Choir of Musuan, Bukidnon, Philippines. I need choral arrangements for liturgical services."

Can you help Onidrol? Please make comments below. Thank you for your participation.

I can start out by recommending you visit the web site of composer Paul F. Page. He has a number of scores of sacred/liturgical choral works that can be freely downloaded.

Tell Paul I sent you!

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