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America's Choir: Favorite Songs, Hymns, & Anthems (2004)

Music for this album is drawn from the PBS documentary by Lee Groberg and the accompanying DVD which herald this remarkable organization and its lasting imprint on the music world. (See also the book by Heidi Swinton, author of the documentary). Featured are the arrangements of Mack Wilberg, associate conductor of the Choir, who also scored the film.

  • Language English
  • Media Types MP3; Digital Download; CD

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  1. TracksTrack TitleTrack Time
  2. 01 Fanfare Alleluia/Praise to the Lord, the Almighty 3:01
    Music By
    German Hymn Tune
    Lyrics By
    Joachim Neander (trans. Catherine Winkworth)
    Arrangement By
    Mack Wilberg
    Publisher
    Oxford University Press (ASCAP)/©2002 Oxford University Press
  3. 02 Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing 5:15
    Music By
    American Folk Hymn
    Lyrics By
    Robert Robinson
    Arrangement By
    Mack Wilberg
    Publisher
    Oxford University Press (ASCAP)/©1998 Oxford University Press
  4. 03 This Is My Father's World 3:24
    Music By
    Traditional English Melody, adapted by Franklin L. Shepphard
    Lyrics By
    Maltbie D. Babcock
    Arrangement By
    Mack Wilberg
    Publisher
    Oxford University Press (ASCAP)/©2004 Oxford University Press
  5. 04 Hallelujah Chorus from "Christ on the Mount of Olives" 3:49
    Music By
    Ludwig van Beethoven
    Lyrics By
    Scripture
    Publisher
    Theodore Presser Company/Music and text in public domain
    Other
    from "Christ on the Mount of Olives"
  6. 05 Fugue in C Major ("Jig") 2:13
    Music By
    Dietrich Buxtehude adapted by Mack Wilberg
    Publisher
    Adaption unpublished / Music and text in Public Domain
    Other
    Organ Soloist: Clay Christiansen
  7. 06 Come, Come Ye Saints 4:11
    Music By
    English Folk Song
    Lyrics By
    William Clayton
    Arrangement By
    Mack Wilberg
    Publisher
    Arrangement unpublished /Music and text in public domain
  8. 07 O Home Beloved 2:29
    Music By
    Joseph Parry
    Lyrics By
    Evan Stephens
    Publisher
    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints/©1948 Intellectual Reserve, Inc.
  9. 08 Come, Let Us Anew 4:31
    Music By
    attributed to James Lucas
    Lyrics By
    Charles Wesley
    Arrangement By
    Mack Wilberg
    Publisher
    Oxford University Press (ASCAP)/©2004 Oxford University Press
  10. 09 Bound for the Promised Land 2:35
    Music By
    American Folk Hymn
    Lyrics By
    American Folk Hymn
    Arrangement By
    Mack Wilberg
    Publisher
    Oxford University Press (ASCAP)/©2003 Oxford University Press
  11. 10 Shenandoah 4:48
    Music By
    American Folk Song
    Lyrics By
    American Folk Song
    Arrangement By
    Mack Wilberg
    Publisher
    Oxford University Press (ASCAP)©2003 Oxford University Press
  12. 11 Cindy 4:24
    Music By
    American Folk Song
    Lyrics By
    American Folk Song
    Arrangement By
    Mack Wilberg
    Publisher
    Hinshaw Music (ASCAP)/©1989 by Hinshaw Music , Inc.
  13. 12 Danny Boy 5:26
    Music By
    Traditional Irish Tune
    Lyrics By
    Frederick E. Wetherby
    Publisher
    Hinshaw Music (ASCAP)/©1991 Hindon Publications, Inc..
    Other
    Penny Whistle Solo: Daron Bradford
  14. 13 Climb Ev'ry Mountain 3:22
    Music By
    Richard Rodgers
    Lyrics By
    Oscar Hammerstein II
    Arrangement By
    Arthur Harris
    Publisher
    Williamson Music (ASCAP)/©1959 by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II Text credit: ©1959 by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. Copyright renewed Williamson Music owner of publication and allied rights throughout the world. International copyright secured. Used by permission. All rights reserved
  15. 14 Battle Hymn of the Republic 5:19
    Music By
    William Steffe
    Lyrics By
    Julia Ward Howe
    Arrangement By
    Peter J. Wilhousky
    Publisher
    Carl Fischer, LLC (ASCAP)/©1944 by Carl Fischer, Inc.
  16. 15 Praise to the Lord, the Almighty (Reprise) 2:29
    Music By
    German Hymn Tune
    Arrangement By
    Mack Wilberg
    Publisher
    Arrangement unpublished/ Music in public domain
  17. 16 God Be with You Till We Meet Again 2:36
    Music By
    William G. Tomer
    Lyrics By
    Jeremiah E. Rankin
    Arrangement By
    Mack Wilberg
    Publisher
    Arrangement unpublished/ Music and text in public domain

Description

President Ronald Reagan called them America's Choir. Rightly so. Well-loved and well- regarded, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir holds a singular place in the hearts and souls of listeners. Everywhere.

The selections in this recording bring together favorite songs, hymns, and anthems from the Choir's repertoire that reach into the soul and stir the hearts of people everywhere. When the Choir sings, “Happy day, all is well,” from “Come, Come Ye Saints,” they give voice to the hope and faith of those across the centuries who have faced hardship and triumphed at great cost. When they sing, “O Danny Boy, I love you so,” they evoke the memory of enduring love. Other songs and anthems in this collection speak of the many facets of life: “Cindy” is a rousing folk song; “O Home Beloved,” a plaintive remembrance; “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing,” a stirring tribute to the grace of God, “Climb Ev'ry Mountain,” the reach for dreams yet unrealized, “Battle Hymn of the Republic” the anthem that made the Choir famous. These are the words that stay with us, the music that leaves us humming, the thoughts that lift us, and the inspiration that we seek.

America's Choir sings to the people. Three hundred sixty voices strong joined by their one hundred ten instrumental colleagues, all volunteers on a mission to hold fast to God and his goodness, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square bring a spirit to music never to be forgotten. As always in closing they petition, their voices and instruments raised as one, “God Be with You Till We Meet Again.” ...Heidi S. Swinton