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Advent (Piano Meditations on the Coming of the Messiah). Composed by Mark Hayes. For piano. Sacred, Advent. Moderately difficult. Published by Lorenz Publishing Company (LO.70-1737L).

Level 2 - Christmastime is often a blur of activity that includes a few moments to reflect on the coming of Christ. In this beautiful collection, Mark Hayes provides us with eight meditative arrangements designed to help us slow down and experience the thrill of anticipation that lies at the heart of Advent. Suitable for preludes, offertories, or even to underscore a candle-lighting ceremony, these hymns and carols will set the mood for prayer and contemplation. A companion listening CD contains the recordings of Mark's original studio improvisations that were the basis for these printed arrangements.

  • Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus 
  • The Wexford Carol 
  • Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence 
  • Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming 
  • In the bleak midwinter 
  • Of the Father’s Love Begotten 
  • O Come, O Come, Emmanuel 
  • Watchman, Tell Us Of The Night 


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  • December 02, 2014 Advent - Mark Hayes

    This is a stunningly beautiful collection of music for Advent. I played "Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence" for the Prelude in a large traditional church last Sunday and the congregation was silent, giving full attention - and I'm sure with the words going through their minds - just as you...

    wish to begin the Advent season of wonder. Each selection in this book has a wonderful impact - thank you, Mark Hayes!

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  • December 30, 2013 Interesting

    Perhaps these pieces would be more appropriate in a more liturgical, traditional type of church than the one where I play. I was really excited to find a book of Advent pieces all in one book. But somehow, these pieces don't quite live up to the other Mark Hayes...

    pieces and collections I have. Compared to his usual, these pieces seem a little bland and not easily worked to performance point in a week or less.

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  • May 02, 2013 Advent

    I'm a church pianist & I'm always keeping a lookout for creatively arranged church appropriate material. This fits the bill! Love: "Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence" - soft & quite. A great solo! Highly recommend the book! Thank you Mark Hayes!

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  • April 23, 2012 Advent; Piano Meditations.

    On hearing the attached recording of the 3rd piece, (as listed in the book) the quiet serenity of it convinced me the entire sheet-music album was worth buying. This body of work is ideal for presentation (1 per week)over the 8 Sundays prior to & including the Advent period...

    , concluding on Christmas Eve. Yes; these pieces are difficult re - technique, but will prove entirely satisfying given diligent effort. Having read the composer Mark Hayes comments on the forward page of his album; I have to concur that to play them any other way would cheapen & spoil the intent of his compositional giftedness.

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