Music suitable for Lent:
Ferrari, Carlotta. Fecisti nos ad te.
Words by Augustine of Hippo. Latin, SA or TB, instrumental drone, 2:00, easy to medium difficulty. [Download from CPDL] [Listen (Youtube)]
Leonarda, Isabella. Ave Regina Coelorum.
Latin, ATTB with optional basso continuo, 2:40-4:00, medium difficulty. [Download from CPDL [Listen (Youtube)] Marian antiphon sung from Candlemas to Holy Week.
Martin, Stephanie. Sicut Cervus.
Latin, SATB, 1:37, medium difficulty. [Order from Cypress Choral Music] [Listen (Soundcloud)] Psalm 42.
Martin, Stephanie. Hear My Prayer.
English, SATB with soprano divisi, 3:55, challenging. [Order from Cypress Choral Music] [Listen (Soundcloud)] Psalm 102.
Phillips, Sheena. Love Triptych.
Words by Anonymous — medieval. English, SATB with divisi, 6:30, challenging. Purchase score and listen to a sample at Lorenz. The first movement, Bliss (2m00s), sings of Jesus as “my heart’s love” and is suitable for quite general use as an anthem. The third movement, A Greater Love (3m15s), is particularly suitable as a communion or Lenten anthem. The work as a whole is most suitable for Lent.
Phillips, Sheena. Lead Me to the Rock.
Words by Sheena Phillips, based on Psalm 61. English, SAB, optional congregational singing part, piano, ‘cello obligato; c. 5 minutes, easy to medium difficulty. [Perusal score] [Video (Facebook)] Commissioned by a campus area United Methodist Church in Columbus, Ohio which uses a blended worship style (a mixture of conventional anthems and contemporary praise songs). Includes a simple ostinato that the congregation can join in.
Williams, Helen. Thus Far Did I Come.
Words by John Bunyan. English, SATB, 1:30, medium to challenging difficulty. [Listen and download at Canossa] In John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress, Christian carries a burden on his back until he sees the cross of Jesus. The burden falls off and Christian sings these words.
Rose, Kathryn. The Contrite Heart.
Words by William Cowper. English, SATB, West Gallery accompaniment or keyboard instrument, hymn, Common Metre, 6 verses, easy. [Download from CPDL] Available in a simple metrical hymn version, or a version for choir with staggered entries in the second half.