20001, 2-part, $2.95
Date released: 2001
Looking for a new twist on some favorite Christmas carols? Mark Hayes gives you just that in this anthem! The piece opens with the standard chorale-style refrain of “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” to be sung either with the provided accompaniment or a cappella. The the “twist” kicks in with Hayes’ own melody and text paired with a rhythmic, soft-rock accompaniment in a minor mode. As the piece develops, you’ll find a verse of “Joy to the World” and the refrain of “Angels We Have Heard on High”, both energized by this fresh, exciting style. The intensity builds all the way to a rousing finish. The ranges and partwriting are very “singer-friendly”, and the piano accompaniment is fun and not difficult. This would be an excellent choice for a high school choir or an adult choir in search of a dynamic Christmas program opener.