I confess that I have always thought that “Jesus, Once of Humble Birth” could use a different tune. In this case, I have paired it with the familiar Easter melody usually associated with “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross”. This setting is an acapella TTBB arrangement, simple, yet reverent. I hope that you enjoy it.
Today we have a version of Christ the Lord is Ris’n Today set to the tune of “Hail the Day That Sees Him Rise”. I have another more complex arrangement, but this one is much simpler with just SATB parts without extra accompaniment.
No one knows who wrote the words to “I Saw a Mighty Angel Fly”, but they are some of the most stirring words of the Restoration. I have paired these words with the hymn tune often paired with “All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name”, which is also called “Coronation”. True to the name of the hymn tune, it sounds regal, and fits the majesty of the words.
“Hark All Ye Nations” started as a German hymn and is still well-loved their today. The hymn tune it was originally paired with is now sung with English lyrics.
Today, I have kept the original English translation, and have paired it with a six-eight version of the beloved hymn “Blessed Assurance”. Though this hymn tune is not in the current LDS hymnbook, it is beloved throughout many other Christian denominations.
Today we have a version of “For the Beauty of the Earth”, set the familiar tune of “Once in Royal David’s City”. I added a new harmonization than the one now in the LDS hymnbook.
Today, I have an SATB arrangement of “I Need Thee Every Hour” set to the tune of a wonderful Norwegian carol. The tune itself is both beautiful and plaintive and fits the message of the word perfectly.
As a bonus, I have also included a version of the same music with the words of “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming”, which is a German Christmas carol. Might be a while yet before you need to use that one, but then again, maybe you like to do Christmas in July. The Mormon Tabernacle Choir once recorded a Christmas concert in July in order to send to make into a PBS special, so it does happen.
One of favorite switches to make is trading off the melodies of “If You Could Hie to Kolob” and “O Savior, Thou Who Wearest”. In this version, you have the melody of “If You Could Hie to Kolob”, but both sets of words.