Music of David Rasbach

I wrote this original setting of Abide With Me for Jona Torres, a student with a shining testimony of God’s grace through his battle with cancer. Jona’s fellow classmates sang Abide With Me for his memorial service.

Publisher’s note: This lovely setting breathes new life into the much-loved prayer by Henry Lyte (1847).  Appropriate for any worship experience but especially effective during Lent or services of remembrance. Scored for SATB choir and piano, the beauty of this piece will thrill choir and congregation alike. 

This original setting of the Wesley text is a tribute to my mother, who loved her Savior and taught her children to love Him too.

Publisher’s note: Experience the beloved hymn, And Can It Be, in a wonderful new SATB and piano setting. The tender, flowing accompaniment under a simple melody line gives rise to thoughtful consideration of the first two verses. Key changes lead through more emphatic statements in the third and fourth verses with alternating a cappella and accompanied sections. Challenging for both choir and accompanist but well worth the effort.

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I do not know John Rutter personally, although I feel I do, since I know his music.  Listening to Rutter’s music and the nuanced musicianship of his Cambridge Singers has taught me more than any college class ever could.  My inscription says, “To John Rutter, whose music enriches my life, informs my musical sensibilities, and simply makes my heart sing. ‘Carol of the Wind’ is my tribute to his perfect ‘Candlelight Carol.'”

Publisher’s Note: Inspired by John Rutter’s Candlelight Carol, this exquisite new carol gives us a lovely melody with complementary harmony in a fresh setting. “Brightly a star shines in the night; yet brighter still, dawns new hope with the morn! Gloria in excelsis deo, angels rejoice for our Savior is born!”  A perfect piece for Christmas eve.  Optional parts for strings, harp and flute are available.

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Written for my High School choirs to end our Christmas concert, this lovely text was a perfect invitation to listeners to “Come to the Light.”  Students held candles as they sang, entering the auditorium from various places.

Publisher’s Note: A passionate and delicate new setting of the Philip Bliss text “The Light of the World is Jesus” written for SATB choir and piano. While suitable for any celebration of worship, this would be a wonderful addition to your Christmas Eve Service

I dedicated this Christmas lullaby to my sister, who, on the mission field in Brazil, has spent countless hours rocking her twenty-four (twenty adopted) children to sleep.

Publisher’s Note: Written for SA ladies or treble voices with piano or harp, this lovely setting of the Isaac Watts text will add a tender moment to your Christmas concert.

My choral group, Rushingbrook Singers, performs for Candlelight Christmas Evenings at Biltmore Estate in Hendersonville, NC each Christmas season.  We sing through the evening as guests tour the splendid estate.  Around ten o’clock, when most of the guests have gone and we are nearly exhausted, our tradition is to wind our way down to the catacombs to what was the magnificent indoor pool, and we sing “We Shall Light a Thousand Candles.”  The completely tiled room has the resonance of a cathedral, and we imagine, for a few moments, that we sound glorious!

Publisher’s Note: A spirited proclamation of the birth of the Savior, scored for a cappella SATB choir. Singers and worshippers alike will be caught up in the exuberance of the text and the music!

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This magnificent hymn text includes one of my favorite phrases: “For all the wreathes of empire meet upon His brow, And our hearts confess Him King of Glory now.”  I’ve dedicated this piece to my dear friend and esteemed mentor, Joan Pinkston.

Publisher’s Note: A beautiful anthem of commitment and dedication, scored for SATB choir and keyboard. Easily accessible and suitable for any occasion of worship.

J. W. Pepper Editor’s Choice

I don’t know where the chutzpah came from to fiddle with a hymn tune composed by my mentor, Joan Pinkston.  I supposed I liked it so much (it is eminently “singable,” and I could not get it out of my head) that I couldn’t help myself!  Oh, forgive me, “Mrs. P”!

Publisher’s note: This compelling text by Elizabeth Codner is perfectly at home in David Rasbach’s lovely setting for SATB choir. Sophisticated harmonies coupled with periodic a cappella passages will be a welcome challenge to the performer and a delight for the listener. Rasbach’s arrangement is sensitive, with a musical line that is perfectly rewarding. Worshipful settings reflecting God’s bountiful blessings are welcome in any congregation, and this expressive anthem is a fine choice for choirs of any size.