This new collection for mixed choir contains the most important hymns from the “Evangelical Gesangbuch ” and “ Gotteslob ”. It offers new dimensions for Mass and church services. Every hymn appears with the following elements to be used as building blocks:
- Short organ prelude
- Unison voice part for the congregation with organ accompaniment
- Four-part harmony, also singable a cappella
- Sweeping, brillant choral piece with upper register vocal ad libitum
These features allow even the simplest hymns to be transformed into impressive, dramatic as well as inspired experiences, not only for the congregation but also for the choir.
For approximately 20 years, the English conductor Graham Buckland has worked for a variety of German and Czech opera houses. Currently he devotes his time to composing and has a teaching post at the University of Regensburg . His collection, “Christmas a cappella” for mixed choir, has with its diversity set a new standard in this field.