To make it as easy as possible to add that extra sparkle to the final verse of a congregational hymn, these descants offer the following features:

  • Each descant -- whether single or double -- is printed on its own staff for maximum clarity
  • The hymn melody is printed on its own staff underneath the descant part(s) -- no need to consult a hymnal when playing melody on some verses
  • Specific hymn numbers in TLH (The Lutheran Hymnal), LW (Lutheran Worship), LBW (Lutheran Book of Worship), HS98 (Hymn Supplement 98), LSB (Lutheran Service Book) and AGPS (All God's People Sing), with which the descants are harmonically compatible, are clearly indicated
  • When necessary, alternate notes are included -- and clearly marked -- to assure compatibility with all prescribed hymn numbers despite slight variations in their harmonizations
  • When a given hymntune occurs in more than one key across all hymnals, the descant is written in the higher key so that, in addition to embellishing the final verse with the descant, an upward key change from the previous verses can be executed
  • All descants are available for either C (e.g., flute, oboe, violin) or Bb (e.g., trumpet, clarinet) instruments
In the catalog below you'll find Single and Double Descants on hymns from just about every season of the church year. Single Descants require only one player. The Doubles have parts for 2 players but if only one player is available, it is all right to use only the top (Desc. 1) part. In some cases, using only the bottom (Desc. 2) part will also be acceptable. Click on an Item Number for a Page Preview and to hear the descant against a fully harmonized hymn. Be sure to order the edition appropriate for your needs. For your convenience, the chart below also indicates the highest note of each descant (in concert pitch) to help you choose ones that will be in a comfortable range for your instrumentalists.

Music for Church - Single Descants

Hymn Tune

Highest Note

C Edition Item Number

Bb Edition Item Number

Price (USD)

Anthes
f#2
SD-ANTH-P
SD-ANTH-R
1.00
Antioch
f#2 SD-ANTI-P
SD-ANTI-R
1.00
Aurelia
g2
SD-AURE-P
SD-AURE-R
1.00
Away in a Manger
c3
SD-AWAY-P
SD-AWAY-R
1.00
Azmon
a2
SD-AZMO-P
SD-AZMO-R
1.00
Bryn Calfaria
d3
SD-BRYN-P
SD-BRYN-R
1.00
Duke Street
a2
SD-DUKE-P
SD-DUKE-R
1.00
Dulces cantos entonemos new
(Note: The hymn harmonization heard in the Demo is one that improves on the one given in AGPS
and is available in the Music for Church/Ensemble catalog. The descant will fit either harmonization.)
a2
SD-DULC-P
SD-DULC-R
1.00
Easter Hymn
g2
SD-EAST-P
SD-EAST-R
1.00
Ein' feste Burg
g2
SD-EINF-P
SD-EINF-R
1.00
Es ist das Heil
a2
SD-ESIS-P
SD-ESIS-R
1.00
Father Welcomes
g2
SD-FATH-P
SD-FATH-R
1.00
Galilean
a2
SD-GALI-P
SD-GALI-R
1.00
Gelobt sei Gott
g2
SD-GELO-P
SD-GELO-R
1.00
Grosser Gott
g2
SD-GROS-P
SD-GROS-R
1.00
Lasset uns mit Jesu ziehen
a2
SD-LASZ-P
SD-LASZ-R
1.00
Mendelssohn
a2
SD-MEND-P
SD-MEND-R
1.00
Neander
a2
SD-NEAN-P
SD-NEAN-R
1.00
O grosser Gott
b2
SD-OGRO-P
SD-OGRO-R
1.00
Regent Square
bb2
SD-REGE-P
SD-REGE-R
1.00
Sine nomine
a2
SD-SINE-P
SD-SINE-R
1.00
St. Thomas
a2
SD-STTH-P
SD-STTH-R
1.00
Stille Nacht
c3
SD-STIL-P
SD-STIL-R
1.00
Walther
c3
SD-WALT-P
SD-WALT-R
1.00
Winchester Old
g2
SD-WINO-P
SD-WINO-R
1.00
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SD-A-P
SD-A-R
4.00
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SD-L-P
SD-L-R
4.50
Save Pentecost/Christ the King/Trinity/Thanksgiving collection of Double Descants (Bryn Calfaria, Grosser Gott) at a $0.50 savings

SD-P-P
SD-P-R
1.50
Save Reformation collection of Double Descants (Aurelia, Ein' feste Burg, O grosser Gott, Sine nomine, St. Thomas, Winchester Old) at a $2.50

SD-R-P
SD-R-R
3.50
Save General collection of Double Descants (Anthes, Es ist das Heil, Father Welcomes, Galilean, Lasset uns mit Jesu ziehen) at a savings of $2.00

SD-G-P
SD-G-R
3.00
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SD-1-P
SD-1-R
9.25

Music for Church - Double Descants

Hymn Tune

Highest Notes (1/2)

C Edition Item Number

Bb Edition Item Number

Price (USD)

Azmon
f2/d2
DD-AZMO-P
DD-AZMO-R
1.00
Bryn Calfaria
g2/d2
DD-BRYN-P
DD-BRYN-R
1.00
Crucifer
g2/e2
DD-CRUC-P
DD-CRUC-R
1.00
Deo gracias
g2/c2
DD-DEOG-P
DD-DEOG-R
1.00
Diademata
a2/e2
DD-DIAD-P
DD-DIAD-R
1.00
Dir, dir, Jehova
g2/e2
DD-DIRD-P
DD-DIRD-R
1.00
Easter Hymn
g2/f2
DD-EAST-P
DD-EAST-R
1.00
Ein' feste Burg
g2/e2
DD-EINF-P
DD-EINF-R
1.50
Ellacombe
bb2/f2
DD-ELLA-P
DD-ELLA-R
1.00
Engelberg
f2/g2
DD-ENGE-P
DD-ENGE-R
1.00
Grosser Gott
g2/e2
DD-GROS-P
DD-GROS-R
1.00
Italian Hymn
g2/d2
DD-ITAL-P
DD-ITAL-R
1.00
Jesus, meine Zuversicht
g2/e2
DD-JMZU-P
DD-JMZU-R
1.00
Lasst uns erfreuen
a2/e2
DD-LASE-P
DD-LASE-R
1.50
Lauda anima
a2/e2
DD-LAUG-P
DD-LAUG-R
1.00
Llanfair
g2/e2
DD-LLAN-P
DD-LLAN-R
1.00
Lobe den Herren a2/d2
DD-LOBE-P
DD-LOBE-R
1.00
Melita e2/c2
DD-MELI-P
DD-MELI-R
1.00
Nicaea
f#2/d2
DD-NICA-P
DD-NICA-R
1.00
Nun danket alle Gott f2/c2
DD-NUND-P
DD-NUND-R
1.00
Rathbun
g2/d2
DD-RATH-P
DD-RATH-R
1.00
St. George's, Windsor
g2/c2
DD-STGE-P
DD-STGE-R
1.00
Thaxted
g2/eb2
DD-THAX-P
DD-THAX-R
1.50
Valet will ich dir geben
g2/eb2
DD-VALE-P
DD-VALE-R
1.00
Veni, Emmanuel
e2/b1
DD-VENI-P
DD-VENI-R
1.00
Webb
bb2/f2
DD-WEBB-P
DD-WEBB-R
1.00
Winchester New
g2/f2
DD-WINN-P
DD-WINN-R
1.00
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DD-A-P
DD-A-R
3.50
Save Lent/Easter/Ascension collection of Double Descants (Azmon, Bryn Calfaria, Deo gracias, Diademata, Easter Hymn, Ellacombe, Jesus meine Zuversicht, Lasst uns erfreuen, Lauda anima, Llanfair, Rathbun, Valet will ich dir geben, Winchester New) at a savings of $7.00

DD-L-P
DD-L-R
6.50
Save Pentecost/Christ the King/Trinity/Thanksgiving collection of Double Descants (Bryn Calfaria, Diademata, Grosser Gott, Italian Hymn, Nicaea, Nun danket alle Gott, St. George's Windsor) at a savings of $3.00

DD-P-P
DD-P-R
4.00
Save Reformation collection of Double Descants (Ein' feste Burg, Lasst uns erfreuen, Webb) at a savings of $1.00

DD-R-P
DD-R-R
2.50
Save General collection of Double Descants (Crucifer, Dir dir Jehova, Engelberg, Lobe den Herren, Melita, Thaxted) at a savings of $2.50

DD-G-P
DD-G-R
4.00
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DD-1-P
DD-1-R
10.50