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Hymns for organ beginners
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Last year's big success!
The Forth in Praise Christmas Carol Mass






£7.00 including UK postage. Also available
as email download. More details.



New this year
Easy Christmas Carols from the 100 Hymns





Email download £3.00 UK. More details.



Ever-popular best seller
The Forth in Praise 100 Hymns for Organ Beginners






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The The Forth in Praise Book of
100 Easy Hymns for Beginner Organists

Designed for beginner organists, this best-seller was launched in 2013, and is now re-printed.
Price: £10.00 including UK postage. For overseas ordering click 'How to purchase' below.

How 100 Hymns works

Contents and Samples PDF

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The Forth in Praise 100 Hymns for Organ Beginners

How it works

100 Hymns cover

Help for beginners with basic skills

The 100 Hymns contains very simple arrangements of one hundred out-of-copyright hymn tunes used in Catholic churches. Each hymn consists of melody line, bass line and chord symbols in an easy-to-read key. There are no words, except for the few Latin hymns, so the player would have to use the book in conjunction with his or her usual hymnal. 100 Hymns is fully indexed.

Click for full list of contents and some samples.

Here is a typical setting:

The very simple outline makes the music easy to play in time, which is the most important factor in accompanying hymns. Beginners with only basic knowledge can choose their own level. They can work with melody only (which is quite sufficient to keep the people together), melody and bass line, melody and chords, or chords only (if someone else is singing or playing the tune).

Help for proficient pianists

New organists are invariably faced with the problem of quantity – having to become quickly familiar with a large repertoire of hymns. Even proficient pianists with high grades can find the amount of practice involved daunting. A collection of a hundred easy-to-pick-up tunes is a godsend, as it gives the player leisure to get to know the full music versions.

Also, some hymn books in common use have full music accompaniments which are not designed for the organ, or are inadequate in other ways. Experienced organists modify these as they go along, but this is a skill which a beginner, however proficient, has to learn. Again, 100 Hymns can be a useful stop-gap.

Using 100 Hymns to develop skills

Using this book can help beginners to understand the nature of the organ. The rather bare texture of the settings can be enhanced by using stops and couplers to bring in sounds at different pitches without a single extra note having to be played. More confident beginners can use the single bass line as an introduction to pedalling.

100 Hymns can be a great aid to exploring keyboard harmony. Filling out the notes of the chords, especially in the right hand, will improve the texture and encourage harmonic awareness. This in turn can help with the playing of melody-and-chords versions of in-copyright modern hymns directly from the various hymnals in which they appear.

Who should NOT use 100 Hymns?

  • SATB accompanists. If you have a choir singing the full music version in parts, the simplified harmonies of 100 Hymns could clash.
  • Instrumental group accompanists. Same here, if the instruments are playing in harmony.
  • Experienced organists will not be interested.
Except just occasionally …
One very experienced player, who works for a number of churches with varying types of organ, told Forth in Praise that he uses 100 Hymns because its one-size-fits-all outline allows him to adapt the harmony to the capability of each instrument!

Description and cost

The Forth in Praise 100 Hymns for Organ Beginners consists of 31 double-sided pages in A4 landscape format, two hymns on each side of the page, comb-bound with card and plastic covers. A full list of contents can be downloaded here.

Cost including UK postage: £10.00

Orders from outwith UK: please email us at publications@forthinpraise.co.uk for a price. On overseas orders, buying two or more copies at once will significantly reduce postage costs. There are special bargain rates for Australia - email us for details.

For further information, see How to purchase.



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A Christmas Carol Mass

arranged by Evelyn Stell

Approved by the publications committee of the Scottish Bishops' Conference and by ICEL, this cheerful, seasonal mass uses well-known carol tunes and can be learned in no time - by everyone!

The Mass consists of:
Gloria
Gospel Acclamation
Sanctus
The three Memorial Acclamations
Agnus Dei

It comes with easy organ accompaniment and chords.

A special feature is a single sheet with all melodies and text, which can be freely copied for a parish congregation. Even those who don't read music will see how the words fit into the familiar carol tunes. We fully expect that a church-full of people will be able to sing this Christmas Mass setting with no practice at all!

Some samples:

Price within UK:
£5.00 for email download. £7.00 including UK postage for printed copy.

Price outside UK:
£7.00 for email download. For printed copy please email us (publications@forthinpraise.co.uk) for a quotation for your country.

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More Christmas Music!

Email download

Ten Easy Christmas Carol Tunes for Organ



Taken from the Forth in Praise 100 Easy Hymns for Organ Beginners,
these carols have melody, bass line and chords. Words not included.

Here’s a sample (click to enlarge): The full list is:


  • O come, all ye faithful/Adeste fideles
  • O come, O come Emmanuel
  • O little town of Bethlehem
  • Once in royal David’s city
  • Silent night (in B flat major and in C major)
  • Go, tell it on the mountain
  • The first Nowell
  • The holly and the ivy
  • We three kings of Orient are
  • While shepherds watched their flocks by night
Cost £3.00 UK, £5.00 outwith UK.
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HOW TO PURCHASE FROM FORTH IN PRAISE



Our email: publications@forthinpraise.co.uk

Our contact phone number and postal address are on the Forth in Praise Order Form.

HOW TO ORDER

You may order by email, phone or post. Give your name and contact details, including your postal address if a printed copy is required, together with quantity required.

Or use the downloadable Order Form, available as a Word document or in PDF format.

HOW TO PAY

From within the UK:

  • EITHER by cheque, payable to ‘Evelyn Stell’, and sent to the address on the Order Form
  • OR by credit or debit card via PayPal.

Orders from outside the UK should be paid in sterling via PayPal.

PayPal is a secure way of paying by credit card world wide. You don’t have to have a PayPal account to use the service, and there is no extra cost to the purchaser. Once your order is ready for despatch Forth in Praise will activate a PayPal request for payment which will be sent to your email address with instructions on how to proceed.


PRICES

All prices are in pounds sterling.

100 Hymns for Organ Beginners (printed copy) Christmas Carol Mass (email download)
  • UK: £5.00
  • Overseas: £7.00

Christmas Carol Mass (printed copy) Ten Easy Christmas Carols for Organ (email download)
  • UK: £3.00
  • Overseas: £5.00

*Please note
(1) overseas postage can be significantly reduced if you buy more than one copy at a time.
(2) Rates for Australia are cheaper while Melbourne stocks last.

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FREE DOWNLOADS FOLLOW






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NEW - AN EASY CHRISTMAS GLORIA
with carol refrain

The Ordinary of the Mass (ICEL chants)
including staff notation and chords

Lenten Gospel Acclamations

ICEL Chants for Holy Week and Easter

Bring flowers of the rarest
chords and organ

Resources for composers

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The St Magdalene Gloria

The St Magdalene Christmas Gloria

If you are already singing Eugene Burns's St Magdalene Gloria, then you'll find it easy to substitute the Christmas refrain over the Christmas season. If you don't know it already, then consider learning it as an additional and very easy Gloria which, with its standard refrain, can be used all the year round.

Eugene Burns has kindly allowed us to offer this Gloria as a free download for a limited period. Eventually, Forth in Praise hopes to publish the whole St Magdalene Mass.

Here is the people's part of the
standard St Magdalene Gloria:
And here is the Christmas version:
Click HERE to listen.
Click HERE to listen.
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Permission is given for a limited period for the following PDF files to be downloaded and used,
provided authorship and copyright details are included on all copies:

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Lenten Gospel Acclamations from Linlithgow

This set of Lenten Gospel Acclamations from Linlithgow, Scotland, is based entirely on one very small chant:

Its two advantages are (1) that it uses the acclamation and verse texts exactly as they appear in the Missal, and (2) that a congregation can pick the chant up instantly. Therefore people are always singing the words that appear on their Mass sheets, and substitution of a familiar but different acclamation is not needed.

The acclamations are of necessity repetitive, and won’t interest congregations who have learned and use a variety of Lenten Gospel acclamations. Rather, the hope is that they will provide an alternative for those who use a single acclamation throughout Lent and Holy Week.

You can read more about this project on the Organists’ Blog.

Here is a sample, the acclamation and verse for the First Sunday in Lent, Year C, together with their accompaniment. It is recommended that the cantor begins by singing the first line as an introduction, to show the people how the words fit in.



To download PDF files of all the Gospel Acclamations for Lent and Holy Week in Year C, click the links below.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATIONS YEAR C – VOICE

GOSPEL ACCLAMATIONS YEAR C – ORGAN AND CHORDS ACCOMPANIMENT





HOLY WEEK AND EASTER CHANTS

Following a number of requests, Forth in Praise has translated into staff notation
some of the New Missal liturgical chants for Holy Week and Easter.

Scroll down to find these. The original ICEL versions are also included.



The Shorter Form of the Easter Proclamation (Exsultet)
in staff notation

Exsultet page 1

Exsultet page 2

Exsultet page 3

Exsultet page 4

Exsultet page 5

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The Shorter Form of the Easter Proclamation (Exsultet)
in original ICEL notation

ICEL Exsultet page 1

ICEL Exsultet page 2

ICEL Exsultet page 3

ICEL Exsultet page 4

ICEL Exsultet page 5

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The Showing of the Holy Cross (Good Friday)
The Easter Alleluia (Easter Vigil)
The Litany of the Saints (Easter Vigil)
all in staff notation

Litany of the Saints

(transposed down to a more realistic pitch)

The Showing of the
Holy Cross

Easter Alleluia

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The Showing of the Holy Cross (Good Friday)
The Easter Alleluia (Easter Vigil)
The Litany of the Saints (Easter Vigil)
in original ICEL notation

ICEL Litany of the Saints
page 1

ICEL Litany of the Saints
page 2

ICEL Litany of the Saints
page 3

The Showing of the Holy Cross

Easter Alleluia

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BRING FLOWERS OF THE RAREST
(chords and organ - PDF files for downloading)

Blessed Virgin with flowers

Bring flowers of the rarest in G with chords and bass line

Bring flowers of the rarest in A - chords only

Bring flowers of the rarest in G with chords and easy organ


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The ICEL Mass chant: Forth in Praise easy organ accompaniments

Many organists accustomed to modern staff notation are finding the stemless black notes of the official version of the ICEL chant imprecise and difficult to interpret. ICEL Lamb of God

Forth in Praise is therefore providing for each chant the MELODY IN NORMAL STAFF NOTATION. In addition, four different and easy types of accompaniment are given, to help beginner organists. These are MELODY AND CHORDS, and THREE ORGAN VERSIONS ranging in difficulty from very, very easy to easy.

In two of these, stemless black notes are used for the left hand, as some people might find this easier to read than the many tied notes needed in staff notation.

Because the chant is not rhythmically precise, our staff notation version will almost certainly differ slightly from some other interpretations. However, with suitable melodic adjustments, the accompaniments should still work. We'd welcome feedback on this. Email us at: massmusic@forthinpraise.co.uk

Kyrie

Gloria

Sanctus (English)

Sanctus (Latin)

Memorial Acclamations

Agnus Dei (Latin)

Agnus Dei (English)



You can listen to all of these ICEL chants at Roman Missal Scotland





KYRIE

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ICEL notation

Staff notation, melody only

Staff notation, melody and chords

Easy organ version A

Easy organ version B

Easy organ version C

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In organ versions A and B the left-hand notes are of indeterminate rhythm. In practice, just hold each one until the next one comes along.


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GLORIA

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ICEL notation - Page 1

ICEL notation - Page 2

Staff notation, melody only

Staff notation, melody and chords

Easy organ version A - Page 1

Easy organ version A - Page 2

Easy organ version B - Page 1

Easy organ version B - Page 2

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In organ versions A and B the left-hand notes are of indeterminate rhythm. In practice, just hold each one until the next one comes along.

Easy organ C - Page 1

Easy organ C - Page 2


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SANCTUS (English)

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ICEL notation

Staff notation, melody only

Staff notation, melody and chords

Easy organ version A

Easy organ version B

Easy organ version C

In organ versions A and B the left-hand notes are of indeterminate rhythm. In practice, just hold each one until the next one comes along.



SANCTUS (Latin)

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ICEL notation

Staff notation, melody only

Staff notation, melody and chords

Easy organ version A

Easy organ version B

Easy organ version C

Click image to enlarge, then right-click to save for printing later.
In organ versions A and B the left-hand notes are of indeterminate rhythm. In practice, just hold each one until the next one comes along.

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MEMORIAL ACCLAMATIONS

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ICEL notation

Staff notation, melody only

Staff notation, melody and chords

Easy Organ Accompaniments A, B and C

In organ versions A and B the left-hand notes are of indeterminate rhythm.
In practice, just hold each one until the next one comes along.

Easy organ version A

Acclamation 1 Easy organ 1A
Acclamation 2 Easy organ 2A
Acclamation 3Easy organ 3A

Easy organ version B

Acclamation 1 Easy organ 1B
Acclamation 2 Easy organ 2B
Acclamation 3 Easy organ 3B

Easy organ version C

Acclamation 1 Easy organ 1C
Acclamation 2Easy organ 2C
Acclamation 3 Easy organ 3C

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AGNUS DEI (English)

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Lamb of God as notated by ICEL

Staff notation, melody only

Staff notation, melody and chords

Easy organ version A

Easy organ version B

Easy organ version C

In organ versions A and B the left-hand notes are of indeterminate rhythm. In practice, just hold each one until the next one comes along.



AGNUS DEI (Latin)

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Agnus Dei as notated by ICEL

Staff notation, melody only

Staff notation, melody and chords

Easy organ version A

Easy organ version B

Easy organ version C

In organ versions A and B the left-hand notes are of indeterminate rhythm. In practice, just hold each one until the next one comes along.

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RESOURCES FOR COMPOSERS

The Forth in Praise composers’ checklist

This list of the basic elements of music composition has been devised to help composers setting the new liturgy to music, and also those who may be asked to look over composers’ work.

Although some material published by the English Liturgy Office has, with permission, been used in this exercise, the Forth in Praise document is the result of a diocesan project and cannot be assumed to give guidance to the criteria used by the national publication approval committee of any country. However, as the authors’ intention has been to follow current best practice, there are doubtless many points of agreement with such committees.

View and download the PDF file: Composers' checklist

Hyphenation

There is more than one school of thought on the splitting of words underlying music. For example, is it ‘al-might-y’ or ‘al-migh-ty’? Many people would choose the latter, but ICEL has the former in its chant setting of the Gloria. There are a number of other examples in ICEL usage of what might be termed ‘unexpected’ division of words.

To aid composers in choosing how to hyphenate words, Forth in Praise has created a help sheet giving the position of every hyphen in the ICEL chant settings of the main peoples’ parts of the Mass. We have indicated the places where the ICEL policy seems 'unexpected'. The composer must make his or her own decisions.

View and download the PDF file: ICEL hyphens

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