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The New Church Anthem Book: Paperback: One Hundred Anthems [Paperback]

Lionel Dakers
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1 Dec 1994
The definitive collection of 100 anthems, mostly for SATB voices, from Tudor times to the present day, including favourites from each period, and lesser-known pieces. Keyboard reductions are included for unaccompanied music, and organ accompaniments are always practical.

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  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; Reprint edition (1 Dec 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0193531097
  • ISBN-13: 978-0193531093
  • Product Dimensions: 3.4 x 17.5 x 25.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 155,328 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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is one of the finest collections of sacred music ever collected in one volume, and its use throughout the universal church will offer great hope for the future of church music well into the next century. Oxford University Press deserves the highest praise for this project. Every person involved in church music should own at least one volume for reference. (Creator)

The print is OUP clarity itself throughout . . . Dr Dakers has performed an epoch-making task and the book is wholeheartedly to be commended . . . It represents a musical milestone . . . a thing of beauty as well as a fairly precise record of current taste. (Organists' Review)

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'Every person involved in church music should own at least one volume for reference.' Creator

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By Peter Biddlecombe TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Take a good look at the "Look Inside" samples - they'll tell you all you need to know. If that's too much hassle ...

If you poke about in the place where they store the music in an English parish church with a well-established choir, one of the books you can be pretty sure to find, along with the first two parts of Carols for Choirs and the Parish Psalter with Chants, is a green hardback called the Church Anthem Book. 60 years after the old green one was published, this is the revamp, replacing about a third of the pieces. There are plenty of old standards like the Elgar and Mozart Ave Verums, and well-chosen less obvious material. The music is not all easy but a reasonable choir should be able to sing all or most of it. There are suggestions about what to use when.

Practical aspects: All the anthems are clearly printed in a consistent format, with the vocal ranges indicated. The book uses good quality paper and is properly bound with sewn signatures, so should last as long as the old ones. The new version is quite a bit larger, which is no bad thing. It's also heavier, but these are mostly short pieces, so that's not really a problem.

If you're in the (fairly rare) situation of setting up a new church choir, put this one close to the top of your shopping list.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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This book is packed full of magnificent music, and has been a standard in my choir for many years. Like previous editions, the pages are well bound and stay open with ease. From new, it can be opened on a surface ranging from flat to 70 degrees and no page will float up.

Unlike previous editions, however, the paper is thinner, and renders it harder to precisely thumb through - riffling to "Page 245" takes longer, and if your hands are dry, the final approach to the page itself can be frustrating. Corner-folding is less robust, since the fold will not stand proud for so long.

The print quality is as good as previous editions, but again, thin paper means that in some lights, some pages suffer from slight transparency.

For gentle use, such considerations are minor - I certainly do not want to subtract more than one point from the rating, but it is only fair to warn that in this edition, certain musical works may put the paper under strain. 'Quam Gloriosum' has several page-turns at moments of high intensity, polyphonic pieces are responsible for desperate page-flipping amongst the lost and unrehearsed, and, when hand-holding the book, the white knuckles and vice-like thumbs of basses bellowing, "Inaestimaaaaaaabile sacramennnnnntuuuuuuum!" in Bruckner's 'Locus Iste', impose their own form of jeopardy. Within my attempt at humour is the serious point that this edition imposes risks and difficulties when navigating in the heat of rehearsal or performance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars New Church Anthem Book 16 Mar 2011
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This useful book has been around for nearly twenty years now. In one volume there are 100 anthems from the Renaissance to the present day and suitable for most seasons, all arranged alphabetically by title, and including several well-loved numbers by John Rutter.
Choirs of moderate to good ability find the collection a great foundation to build on. Although the volume is not dirt cheap, you get a lot of music for your money. The only disadvantage of the paperback copy for the accompanist is its tendency not to stay open on the music desk.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST HAVE FOR A GOOD CHOIR 10 May 2013
By Soji A.
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This collection of anthems is an outstanding work. It has music for all seasons. No choir can be complete without it. I have found it very useful all year round.
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