This Easter Medley is based on the idea that if there was no Easter, there would be no Christmas. That is, the life of Christ, from foreordination before this creation, through His reign as King over this earth, is a unified whole. His life, mission, sufferings, crucifixion, death, and resurrection were culminated at a Passover that we now celebrate as Easter.
This medley attempts to combine sacred music celebrating Jesus’ entire life, culminating with a testimony that I know my Redeemer lives, and that it is through Him that I have a way back home.
The Medley was developed using MuseScore free software to create, play and print sheet music.
Download the pdf score here.
I am not a music professional. That is evident in that I transposed the component pieces to C Major because I'm not musically smart enough to write transitions between keys. Probably most people with a little music training could start with the original pieces (which I downloaded from MuseScore.com) and write transitions that would make the Medley better with little work. BTW, the simplicity of use of MuseScore is evident in the fact that I was able to transpose the original pieces, just referencing online documentation.
Download the pdf Credits and License file here.
MuseScore will play a piece with its own version of many instruments. Vocals are limited to "oohs" and "aahs", so I'd recommend following along with the pdf score to get the vocals. Some, especially at the beginning, are not "off the shelf".
Take the idea of putting more than the Resurrection into Easter music. An example of weaving Christ's ministry into Christmas music is "Mary, Did You Know?" This beautiful piece foreshadows Jesus' life, ministry, and coming reign as King.
Let me know if you found this useful. I'm simply hoping that someone will catch this idea and make something beautiful from it. Have fun!
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