Please open your hymnals to number 17 (First Tune) and join with the clarinets in singing “Of the Father’s Love Begotten”.

Name: DIVINUM MYSTERIUM. (Corde Natus Ex Parentis)
Meter: 8 7, 8 7, 8 7 7.
Unison, in moderate time
Music: XIII cent. Plainsong, Mode V,
Arranged by Winfred Douglas, 1867-1944
Text: Aurelius Prudentius, 348-413
Tr. St. 1-4, John Mason Neale, 1818-66
Tr. St. 5, Henry Williams Baker, 1821-77

Oof, the oldest ones are always the biggest pains to arrange, but they are often my favorites.

Here’s the pdf of the arrangement: 017.ServiceBookAndHymnal

Red Service Book and Hymnal
Red Service Book and Hymnal


With hymn Number 16 from the Lutheran Service Book and Hymnal, aka “Silent Night”, we open the hymnal to the section of songs for the Christmas season.

Name: Stille Nacht.
Meter: Irregular.
Music: Franz Xavier Gruber, 1787-1863
Text: Joseph Mohr, 1792-1849
Tr. Unknown

Here’s the pdf of the arrangement for Soprano Clarinet Quartet: 016.ServiceBookAndHymnal

I didn’t add the Bass Clarinet this time, stuck with the Soprano Clarinet on all parts.

I have sung this song, I don’t know how many times, and I don’t think I’ve ever bothered to really learn the actual rhythms accurately. Always sloppy caroling. Interesting to look at it with fresh eyes.

Red Service Book and Hymnal
Red Service Book and Hymnal


Please turn your hymnals to number 15 and join with the clarinets in singing, “Joy To The World!”.

Antioch, C.M.
In moderate time
Melody arr. by Lowell Mason, 1792-1872
Isaac Watts, 1674-1748

Here’s the pdf of the clarinet arrangement: 015.ServiceBookAndHymnal

I would assume most people, with even the most passing aquaintance with the Christian religion would be familiar with “Joy to the World!”, the most famous of the Advent hymns.

It is pretty short, so I played it 3 times, boldly the first time, quietly the second, and joyously the third.

This concludes the “Advent” section of the Hymnal. On to “Christmas” hymns next!

Red Service Book and Hymnal
Red Service Book and Hymnal


The band I’m in practices in the East Bay. After a couple horrible driving experiences, I’ve decided to take BART. One of my East Bay living fellow band mates usually picks me up at Ashby BART station on their way to practice.

Sometimes I get there early, or my bandmate is late, leaving me with some time to kill.

Exploring the station, I’ve discovered that there is a spiffy reverb filled underpass on the East side of the station.

Working up my courage, I’ve started playing my clarinet in the underpass.

I had a pleasant interaction with a blind woman towards the end of this video.

Next I need to figure out some way to record my hymns in the underpass. The natural reverb of the underpass is far superior to the electronic processing.


Please turn your hymnals to hymn 14, “Rejoice, All Ye Believers,” and join along with the Bass Clarinet quartet.

7 6, 7 6. D.
Swedish Folk Melody
Luarentius Laurenti, 1660-1722
Tr. Sarah Borthwick Findlater, 1823-1907

PDF of the arrangement:014.ServiceBookAndHymnal

This is an AABA form, with the exact same notes in 3 of the 4 lines.

The Alto, Tenor, and Bass parts were not very exciting, so I thought I would either play it really slow or really fast.

I took the Hymn at 120, which is quite a bit faster than the usual 80 or 90, I use for hymns. Definitely has a bit of a folk music feel.

After playing through the melody a couple times, I played it even faster and some rhythmic improvisation on the bass line let me to an upbeat Sonny Rollins kind of and some rhythms that are a little beyond my ability to write out exactly. And maybe accurately execute accurately. Still kind of fun to take some liberties with the hymns.

Red Service Book and Hymnal
Red Service Book and Hymnal


Please turn your Lutheran Service Books and Hymnals to Hymn 13, “Lo! He Comes with Clouds Descending”.

8 7, 8 7, 4 7.
Johann G. C Störl, 1675-1719
Charles Wesley, 1707-88 a.

Well, this one is a little scary.

Lo! he comes with clounds descending,
Once for favored sinners slain;
Thousand thousand saints attending
Swell the triumph of his train:
God Appears, on earth to reign

Every eye shall now behod him
Robed in glorious majesty;
Those who set at nought and sold him,
Pierced and nailed him to the Tree,
Deeply wailing,
Shall their true Messiah see.

Those dear tokens of his passion
Still his dazzling body bears;
Cause of wondering exultation
To his ransomed worshippers;
With what rapture
Praise we him for all his scars.

Yeah, amen, let all adore thee,
High on thine eternal throne;
Savior, take the power and glory,
Claim the kingdom for thine own:
Thou shalt reign, and thou alone!


Pdf of the clarinet arrangement: 013.ServiceBookAndHymnal

Played all 4 parts on soprano clarinet, then doubled the bass and tenor parts on bass clarinet. The usual Audacity “Large Room” Reverb Effect.

Red Service Book and Hymnal
Red Service Book and Hymnal


Lutheran Service Book and Hymnal Hymn number 12, aka “Comfort, Comfort Ye My People” arranged for Soprano and Bass Clarinets.

PSALM 42 (Freu Dich Sehr).
8 7, 8 7, 7 7, 8 8.
Genevan Psalter, 1551
Johannes Olearius, 1611-84
Tr. Catherine Winkworth, 1829-78 a.

Here’s a pdf of the arrangement: 012.ServiceBookAndHymnal

Another oldie, but goodie. I did all the parts on soprano clarinet, then doubled the tenor and bass parts on bass clarinet. Applied the usual Audacity Reverb Effect, “Large Room”.

Red Service Book and Hymnal
Red Service Book and Hymnal


When I get frustrated with my ability to play the “right” notes, I take some time off to play the “left” notes, instead.

When I was putting my bass clarinet together, I noticed that the sound of the keys closing was pretty cool and kind of similar to the sound of the African instrument called the Mbira.

So I recorded the keys closing as the percussion track for this tune. Now I just need to figure out how to use Audacity to make a loop out of it.