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Catalogue of Choral Music Arranged in Biblical Order

Second Edition

James H. Laster

This second edition of Laster's Catalog combines in one volume the listings from the first catalog with the voluminous material that has appeared since 1973, more than doubling the number of citations. It is designed as an aid for the church musician and/or pastor seeking to plan unified worship services. It will also be of use to those church musicians who follow the Liturgical Calendar and plan music appropriate to the appointed lessons, as well as a source for non-church choir directors who would like to locate choral settings based on a particular passage from Scripture.

Entries are arranged from Genesis through Revelation. Each main entry citation provides the biblical reference (book, chapter, and verse), as well as a reference to additional passages from Scripture used in the anthem. The composer, arranger, or editor and the title are listed as they appear on the octavo. Information on voicing, solos, and instrumental accompaniment is noted; the name of the publisher, the most recent date of publication and the octavo number appear at the end of each citation, where information on instrumental parts, other versions of the same title, and collections where the work might appear are also listed. Composer and title indexes round off the work.
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Scarecrow Press
Pages: 717
978-0-8108-3071-4 • Hardback • June 1996 • $124.00 • (£80.00) - Currently out of stock. Copies will arrive soon.
978-1-4617-2664-7 • eBook • June 1996 • $117.00 • (£75.00)
B>James H. Laster is Professor Emeritus at Shenandoah Conservatory of Shenandoah University, Winchester, VA.
Laster's dual professions qualify him as a perfect compiler of this useful reference work. He knows what a church musician needs and how a first-rate reference tool should be compiled. Those who need this information will, rightly, consider this book a blessing.
American Reference Books Annual

...church musicians wanting to "plan music appropriate to the appointed lessons" or "locate choral settings based on a particular scriptural text" will find in this 1996 edition twice as many entries as in the first, listed by biblical verse from Genesis through Revelation, including the Apocrypha.
The Living Church

...a very useful volume, full of golden information for anyone looking for just the right setting of a biblical text.
Crossaccent, Journal Of The Assoc. Of The Lutheran Church

...very detailed book.
American Organist

...essential for all involved with sacred choral music...