Celtic Song of Farewell (May choirs of angels) - Schaubel

This hymn was set by American Roman Catholic musician/composer, poet, musical theatre director, and later church music director, Steve Schaubel (1953-2016).   The words are based on the traditional Latin funeral hymn "In Paradisum" which in translation has been adapted to fit the tune.

It was published in 1998 by World Library Publications, and sheet music for is still available from GIA (link below).  Composer Jeffrey HonorĂ© has released an unaccompanied SATB arrangement as well.

With meter 12 10 12 10, the hymn is set a tune which may be called either LONDONDERRY AIRE or AIR FROM COUNTY DERRY - which is also used for the Irish folk-song Danny Boy, and other hymns including I Cannot Tell why He Whom Angels Worship, and also the funeral hymn O Loving God.


Celtic cross in a graveyard at the top of a hill
Image from Pixabay


Downloads

This section may contain affiliate links: I earn from qualifying purchases on these. Free downloads are provided where possible (eg for public domain items).


Examples

Singer with light orchestral backing, professional recording:


Small choir with violin and backing piano - professional recording:


Soloist with piano, recorded live at a church-service:


Soloist with piano, professional recording:


Duet with piano:


Singer with guitar:


Lyrics

The lyrics are copyright so cannot be reproduced here. But they are currently available on this website. A rough outline is:
May choirs of angels lead you into paradise,
and may the martyrs come to welcome you,
to bring you home into the holy city,
so you may dwell in new Jerusalem.
May holy angels be there at your welcoming,
with all the saints who go before you there,
that you may know the peace and joy of paradise;
that you may enter into everlasting rest.

See more ...

KEEP IN CASE ORIGINAL IS REMOVED, BUT DO NOT DISPLAY May choirs of angels lead you into paradise,
and may the martyrs come to welcome you,
to bring you home into the holy city,
so you may dwell in new Jerusalem.
May holy angels be there at your welcoming,
with all the saints who go before you there,
that you may know the peace and joy of paradise;
that you may enter into everlasting rest.

No comments:

Post a Comment


Sheet Music Now - an alternative company for purchasing sheet music for folk-hymns and contemporary Christian music.