Lord, Whose Love in Humble Service (Beach Spring)

Using the beautiful tune BEACH SPRING from the Sacred Harp, this Festive Hymn Setting was commissioned by Frank Brownstead, music director of Our Lady of the Angels cathedral in Los Angeles.

 

Shepherd’s Lot, The

A companion piece to Schubert’s Shepherd on the Rock, this set of three songs (with an Intermezzo for piano) uses poems by William Blake: 1. The Shepherd, 2. Love’s Secret, (3. Intermezzo,) 4. Spring. Commissioned for the European Concert Trio by Harald Gibson, ECT gave the first three performances in February 2016.

 

Te Deum

This setting of the ancient prayer of praise and thanksgiving was commissioned and premiered by the combined choruses of Loyola Marymount University with orchestra, Dr. Mary Breden conductor. It is in seven contrasting but related movements. “Beautiful sounds, elegant and masterfully crafted. Worthy addition to religious canon. Bravo and congratulations!” – Rodney Punt, The Huffington […]

 

Liturgical Music

This list contains music that Gibson composed specifically for use within church services. Although much of it is designed for the Roman Catholic liturgy, there are many pieces that will work well in a wide variety of religious ceremonies. To narrow your search, please use the Filter on the left. To get copies of the music, please approach the publisher. For inquiries, please contact Paul@PaulGibsonMusic.com.


MorningStar - Catalog # MSM-80-304

Agnus Dei

SATB/congregation, organ    [c. 2:30]

This quiet, prayerful English setting for choir with congregational response uses mixed meters to create a timeless flow. Commissioned by Dr. Phil Steinhaus for St. Margaret Mary’s, Lomita, CA.

Excerpt performed by Chorus Angelorum (Dominic MacAller, conductor; Phil Steinhaus, organ]

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OCP Publications – Catalog # 30106749

Christmas Gloria, A

Cantor/SATB/cong., organ, opt. brass or strings    [c. 3:30]

This widely used setting – with its refrain from “Angels We Have Heard on High” – allows any congregation to participate fully in the Gloria. Originally commissioned for St. Margaret Mary’s, Lomita, CA, and recorded by Frank Brownstead.

NEW! New translation for the Roman Missal, Third Edition Revision

(Excerpt of original version from O Morning Star, from OCP #9521)

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OCP Publications – # 30104334

Christmas Mass, A

SATB, organ, opt. trumpet, opt. brass, opt. strings    [c. 4:10, excluding Gloria]

As a follow up to A Christmas Gloria, the movements of this Mass are all based on familiar carols so that the congregation can more easily take part. Included are: Holy, three Acclamations, Amen, and Lamb of God, all using the latest transations of the Mass.

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Harvest Is Hope

SATB, keyboard    [c. 4:00]

A setting of a text by clergy from St. Martin-in-the-Fields, this relatively simple anthem-hymn celebrates and gives thanks for our abundance, but also envisions a world of greater justice and peace. Especially suitable in November. Parishes with strong justice movements will find it particularly appropriate and appealing.

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ECS Publishing – Catalog #7111

Here Is a Soul

SATB, unaccompanied    [c. 2:30]

One of Gibson’s earliest choral works, this tenderly imploring prayer uses fragments from several psalms as its text. A choir accustomed to singing chant will feel the interpretation come quite naturally.
Watch and listen to the score on YouTube.

[excerpt performed by the Philovox Ensemble, conducted by Robert Schuneman]

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Holy God, We Praise Thy Name

SATB/congregation, organ, optional brass quartet or quintet, opt. timpani    [c. 7:00]

This grand and stirring arrangement, originally commissioned by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles for the 1987 visit of Pope John Paul II, features distinctive and powerful brass writing.

[Excerpt performed by the Los Angeles Papal Choir, conducted by Frank Brownstead.]

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How Can I Keep From Singing

SATB/congregation, organ, optional brass quartet or quintet    [c. 5:00]

This fresh, straightforward arrangement of the great Quaker hymn was commissioned by Frank Brownstead for the 1989 NPM Convention.

[Excerpt performed by Zephyr: Voices Unbound.]

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Immaculate Mary

SATB/congregation, organ, optional brass quartet, optional handbells    [c. 6:00]

Commissioned by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles for the 1987 visit of Pope John Paul II, this setting of the Lourdes hymn alternates English and Spanish verses and was used at the Hollywood Bowl to complete the Marian year celebrations.

[Excerpt from sample CD, OCP Publications.]

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In Christ There Is No East or West

SATB/congregation, organ, brass quintet, optional timpani    [c. 2:30]

When your special liturgy includes a vibrant hymn tune like McKEE, you want the brass to support the congregation and choir as well as suit the spirit of the music to a T. Gibson’s arrangement does it all and includes two superb texts, one a beloved classic and one a contemporary gem (“The Church of Christ Cannot Be Bound”). Originally commissioned by Frank Brownstead for the 1989 NPM Convention, this updated version is on the Cathedral Series of MorningStar Music.

Frank Brownstead leads singers and instrumentalists in rehearsal at Our Lady of the Angels cathedral, Los Angeles

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G.I.A. Publications - Catalog # G-3877

Jubilee Gloria

SATB/congregation, organ, optional trumpet    [c. 3:00]

English setting of the Gloria commissioned by Dr. Phil Steinhaus for the Jubilee celebrations at St. Margaret Mary’s, Lomita, CA

[Excerpt from A Mass of Life, G.I.A. #CD-289.]

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Let Us Sing Unto God

Cantor/SATB/congregation, piano, optional oboe    [c. 3:45]

The Exodus canticle for the Easter Vigil, in a vigorous setting with choral, chant-like verses, was commissioned by Holy Family Cathedral, Orange, CA.

Excerpt performed by singers from Holy Family Cathedral, conducted by Matt Gray.]

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G.I.A. Publications - Catalog # G-3879
(cantor/congregation edition # G-3880)

Litany of the Holy Spirit

SATB or cantor/congregation, optional keyboard     [c. 3:40]

With words and music by Paul and Carol Gibson, these prayerful invocations center the assembly and call upon the presence of the Holy Spirit. Easy congregational responses alternate with choir, capped by a beautiful choral coda.

[Excerpt from A Mass of Life, G.I.A. #CD-289.]

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Lord Now Send Your Spirit Out (Llanfair)

SATB/congregation, organ, brass quintet, optional timpani    [c. 6:00]

Using an original text by J. Michael Thompson, this special “Llanfair” arrangement was commissioned by Holy Family Cathedral, Orange, to celebrate the silver anniversary of its rector, Rev. Arthur Holquin. The “Ubi caritas” chant is woven unobtrusively throughout the piece.

(Four excerpts realized with Sibelius Sounds)

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G.I.A. Publications - Catalog # G-3878

Lord, Send Out Your Spirit

Cantor/congregation, organ    [c. 3:40]

This setting of the Psalm for Pentecost is flowing, melodic, and contemplative.

[Excerpt from A Mass of Life, G.I.A. #CD-289.]

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Lord, Whose Love in Humble Service (Beach Spring)

unison voices, flute, brass quartet, organ    [c. 4:00]

Using the beautiful tune BEACH SPRING from the Sacred Harp, this Festive Hymn Setting was commissioned by Frank Brownstead, music director of Our Lady of the Angels cathedral in Los Angeles.

Frank Brownstead leads singers and instrumentalists in rehearsal at Our Lady of the Angels cathedral, Los Angeles

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Love Come Among Us

SATB, tambourine, optional keyboard    [c. 3:15]

Setting a text from St. Martin-in-the-Fields, this high energy Christmas anthem is highly rhythmic and syncopated. Verses are very conscious of taking Jesus’ message of love, justice, and peace to the whole world.

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G.I.A. Publications - Catalog # G-3535

Mass of Life, A

Cantor/SATB/congregation, organ, optional trumpet, opt. brass    [c. 14:30]

This complete Mass, including a setting of Eucharistic Prayer II, synthesizes traditional and contemporary styles. Highly effective brass writing points up its lively rhythmic energy.
“A consistently rewarding, deeply moving work.”
[ Jim Svejda, author and syndicated radio host, ‘”The Record Shelf “ ]
“Delicate balance between the festive and the simple. Contrasts are superb.” [ Robert Kreutz, composer ]

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G.I.A. Publications - Catalog # G3358

May God Bless Us

SATB, unaccompanied    [c. 2:00]

This tender, flowing anthem is especially suited for moments of meditation and reflection.

[Excerpt from A Mass of Life, G.I.A. #CD-289.]

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Music for the Genesis Reading

Cantor/SATB, piano, oboe    [c. 7:00, w. reading]

Commissioned by Holy Family Cathedral, Orange, CA , these musical interjections for the first reading of the Easter Vigil begin with a single note on the oboe, calling forth from a primordial past the mystery and wonder of Creation.

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One in Faith (Hyfrydol)

SATB/congregation, organ, brass quartet, timpani    [c. 8:30]

To celebrate Bishop McFarland’s 25th anniversary as bishop and 50th as priest, Holy Family Cathedral, Orange, CA, commissioned this triumphant and stirring setting of “Hyfrydol” to words by Peter Scagnelli.

[Excerpt from rehearsal at Holy Family Cathedral, Matt Gray, director.]

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Our Blessing Cup

Cantor (opt. duet)/congregation, organ, flute    [c. 2:30]

Simple, melodic setting of the Holy Thursday psalm, commissioned by Our Lady Queen of Angels, Newport Beach, CA, Dr. Patricia Lamb, Music Director.

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ECS Publishing – Catalog # 5987

Psalm 121 (My Help Comes From the Lord)

SAB, organ    [c. 6:00]

Commissioned by their children to honor Warren and Alice Sautebin, this relatively easy setting of the beloved psalm includes a flowing refrain that incorporates the tune Amsterdam, making a connection to the Moravian tradition to which the dedicatees belong.

[Excerpt performed by the Philovox Ensemble (Jennifer Lester, conductor) for ECS.]

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ECS Publishing - Catalog # 7862

This Peerless Dawn

SATB, organ, brass quintet     [c.6:30]

An original text is set to several melodies, including the plainchant “Jesu dulcis memoria” and the traditional hymn “Jesus Christ is Ris’n Today.” This Easter anthem, which grows from pre-dawn quiet to a raucous shout of “Alleluia,” was commissioned for Easter 2000 by St. Matthew’s Parish, Pacific Palisades, CA.

[excerpt performed by the Philovox Ensemble with organist Heinrich Christensen, conducted by Robert Schuneman]

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MorningStar - Catalog # MSM-50-3018

Why Have You Abandoned Me

SATB, optional keyboard    [c. 8:30]

The solemn atmosphere evoked by Clark Gibson’s dark, reflective text – inspired by Biblical imagery – is heightened by this haunting choral setting. Suitable for Good Friday and other times in Holy Week.

[Excerpt performed by Chorus Angelorum, Dominic MacAller, conductor.]

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G.I.A. Publications - Catalog # G-3905

You Are the Bread of Life

SATB or cantor/optional congregation, keyboard    [c. 3:15]

With words and music by Paul and Carol Gibson, this choral Communion processional in a flowing, contemporary style is suitable for almost any time of the year.

[Excerpt performed by the Cathedral Singers (Richard Proulx, director) for G.I.A.]

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You Will Draw Water

Cantor/SATB/congregation, unaccompanied    [c. 2:15]

Holy Family Cathedral, Orange, CA, commissioned this joyful, buoyant setting of the Easter Vigil responsorial.

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