Church Musicians

Develop a deeper appreciation of church music and learn the history of the Church's hymnody with these articles from CPH Music.

  • Music of the Month: Classic Concordia Chorale Preludes

    Music of the Month: Classic Concordia Chorale Preludes

    Classic Concordia Chorale Preludes is a large collection of miniature chorale prelude gems mined from the Concordia Publishing House (CPH) catalog of the 1950s through 1980s. These pieces...

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  • Noteworthy People in Church Music: Johann Walter

    Noteworthy People in Church Music: Johann Walter

    There are numerous historical figures who gave their gifts to Lutheranism and hymnody as a whole. Their contributions to Christianity give us amazing ways to praise God and all that He...

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  • Music of the Month: Alleluia! Amen! Eight Organ Preludes for the Church Year

    Music of the Month: Alleluia! Amen! Eight Organ Preludes for the Church Year

    The Eight Organ Preludes for the Church Year series continues with “Alleluia! Amen!” and features the accessible and versatile writing that characterizes previous releases in the series....

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    2024 New Music Catalog

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  • Easter Hymns | Part 2 | CPH Podcast with Peter Reske1:04:07

    Easter Hymns | Part 2 | CPH Podcast with Peter Reske

    In this episode of The Concordia Publishing House Podcast, Peter Reske, senior editor of Music/Worship at Concordia Publishing House, returns to share his insight into some of his favorite hymns durin

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  • Celebrating the 500th Anniversary of the First Lutheran Hymnal

    Celebrating the 500th Anniversary of the First Lutheran Hymnal

    Beloved Lutheran hymnals have a long history, dating all the way back to 1524 in Germany. Each variation has been used for different purposes, such as a home devotional that eventually...

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  • Music of the Month: Easter with Minimum Pedal

    Music of the Month: Easter with Minimum Pedal

    Edwin T. Childs adds to his series of settings for minimal pedal, providing a collection of hymn tunes for the Easter season. Composed as a single stanza, these preludes are suitable as...

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  • Five Easy-to-Learn Sheet Music Options for Easter

    Five Easy-to-Learn Sheet Music Options for Easter

    Every spring, Easter comes around in the Church Year as a celebration of the battle Christ has won for believers everywhere. He has conquered the devil, died for your sins, and defeated...

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  • Music of the Month: Hymn Tune Innovations: 5 Preludes for Lent

    Music of the Month: Hymn Tune Innovations: 5 Preludes for Lent

    This collection of five preludes for Lent is another stunning addition to the Hymn Tune Innovations series. Benjamin M. Culli has composed five accessible preludes for use during the...

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  • Top Children’s Hymns for Lent

    Top Children’s Hymns for Lent

    Lent is a reflective and beautiful time in the Church Year. As we prepare to enter this season, you may notice some children are more familiar with this time as one to “take a break” from...

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  • Music of the Month: Five Lenten Hymns for Two-Part Choir

    Music of the Month: Five Lenten Hymns for Two-Part Choir

    Five Lenten Hymns for Two-Part Choir is a collection of five two-part choir settings highlighting new hymn texts for Lent by hymn writers such as Lisa M. Clark and Stephen P. Starke. The...

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  • Downloadable Sheet Music for Lent

    Downloadable Sheet Music for Lent

      Planning the music for Lenten services can be a monumental task. Not only are there Sunday services but midweek and Holy Week services too. Open up your options with digital music that...

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  • Top Children’s Hymns for Christmas

    Top Children’s Hymns for Christmas

    It’s that time of year: the weather has gotten colder, the lights have gone up, and the Christmas music has been playing for some time now. It’s a season of celebration, especially the...

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  • Music of the Month: Christmas Impressions, Set 2

    Music of the Month: Christmas Impressions, Set 2

    Enhance your Christmas worship services with these five preludes by William H. Bates. Driving rhythmic passages, harmonic sequences, and imaginative counterpoints shore up the distinctive...

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  • Pausing for Peace: Advent for Instrumentalists

    Pausing for Peace: Advent for Instrumentalists

    It happens every year. The evenings grow darker as the weeks pass, and we all look longingly out the windows of work or school, counting down dwindling days until Christmas break. We...

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  • Top Children’s Hymns for Advent

    Top Children’s Hymns for Advent

    The celebration of the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ, is fast approaching, and with it comes an abundance of music. It’s easy to bypass Advent and skip ahead to Christmas. But Advent...

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  • Music of the Month: Jesus, Jesus, Rest Your Head

    Music of the Month: Jesus, Jesus, Rest Your Head

    Ralph C. Schultz offers us this Appalachian folk song that proclaims the birth of Jesus. The beauty of the song is placed in an accessible setting for SAB choir with a descant for C or...

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  • There’s No Time Like the Christmas Present

    There’s No Time Like the Christmas Present

    Merry fall, y’all. Christmas starts early in the Dominican Republic. That doesn’t mean I’m a disgruntled traditionalist who boycotts Christmas music until Santa ushers in the season from...

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  • The Stories behind Your Favorite Reformation Hymns

    The Stories behind Your Favorite Reformation Hymns

    Why have certain hymns grown to be synonymous with the Reformation? With these excerpts from Eternal Anthems and Companion to the Hymns, you’re invited to journey through the contexts of...

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  • Music of the Month: Built on the Rock by Wayne L. Wold

    Music of the Month: Built on the Rock by Wayne L. Wold

    Each movement of this five-movement partita, Built on the Rock: Partita on “Kirken den er et gammelt hus,” can be used separately at various points in a worship service, or they can be...

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