Read the Story and Listen to "For the Beauty of the Earth", Arranged by Daniel Carter

Make It Simple But Sound Fabulous!

One of the challenges most any choir director faces is finding music that suits the skill level of the choir. Not every director directs a highly skilled choir, and yet every director looks for music that will help their choir shine and please their audience or congregation.

So that was the challenge with this little arrangement. Make it easy to learn with the fewest rehearsals possible, keeping the accompaniment interesting but simple enough to read and learn in relatively few rehearsals. The result is a two-part choral arrangement with piano accompaniment.

And the product of that endeavor is the music video below.

"For the Beauty of the Earth", Arranged by Daniel Carter

Ordering Information for Sheet Music

This arrangement is published by Neil A. Kjos Music of San Diego, California. You can click here to go directly to their website and read my bio, hear the music and also see a sample page of the arrangement.

Order sheet music from Day Murray Music.

Thanks to Kathleen Holyoak for many of the photos used in the video.

Everytime I think of this little arrangement, I think of my first born grandson, Elijah. He is the baby boy in the video, and my son is also pictured holding him. This arrangement is for him, and all my other grandchildren after him, as reminder of the optimism, beauty and natural wonder of all new life.

Yes, it's a bit sappy and laden with emotion. And I'm quite happy to admit it, own it, and share it with the world. [Insert smiley face here.]

The hymn is also about gratitude. So, included in the video are a few other people who are very important to me. A small token for them of the wonderful things they bring to my life and every life they touch.

And of course every time you include some people, you naturally leave someone else out. (You know in your heart I didn't intentionally do that.)

History of the Hymn

Although there were originally eight verses to this hymn, only three are usually used in hymnals today. Those verses are numbers one, two and four, as shown below. My arrangement only uses these verses.

Words by Folliot S. Peirpoint
Music by Conrad Kocher

For the beauty of the earth

For the glory of the skies,

For the love which from our birth

Over and around us lies.

Refrain:

Lord of all, to Thee we raise,

This our hymn of grateful praise.

For the beauty of each hour,

Of the day and of the night,
Hill and vale, and tree and flower,

Sun and moon, and stars of light.

Refrain

For the joy of ear and eye,

For the heart and mind’s delight,

For the mystic harmony

Linking sense to sound and sight.

Refrain


For the joy of human love,
|Brother, sister, parent, child,

Friends on earth and friends above,

For all gentle thoughts and mild.

Refrain

For Thy Church, that evermore

Lifteth holy hands above,

Offering up on every shore

Her pure sacrifice of love.

Refrain

For the martyrs’ crown of light,
For Thy prophets’ eagle eye,

For Thy bold confessors’ might,

For the lips of infancy.

Refrain

For Thy virgins’ robes of snow,

For Thy maiden mother mild,
For Thyself, with hearts aglow,

Jesu, Victim undefiled.

Refrain

For each perfect gift of Thine,

To our race so freely given,

Graces human and divine,

Flowers of earth and buds of Heaven.

Refrain

Folliot Sanford Pierpoint

Unfortunately, there is no known picture of Pierpoint. He was born October 7, 1835 in Spa Villa, Bath England and died March 10, 1917 at Newport, Monmouthshire, England.

Pierpoint was a graduate of Queen's College at Cambridge University in 1857. He taught classics at Somersetshire College later on. He also lived at Babbicombe, Devonshire, and other places, and occasionally taught. He wrote a book of poetry called The Chalice of nature and Other Poems which is undated. However it was reissued in 1878 as Songs of love, the Chalice of Nature, and Lyra Jesu. Additionally he contributed hymns to the Churchman's Companion, The Lyra Eucharistica, and others hymn collections. His most famous hymn is For the Beauty of the Earth.

Conrad Kocher

Conrad Kocher
Conrad Kocher

Conrad Kocher was born December 16, 1786, at Ditzingen (near Leonberg), Württemberg, Germany and died March 12, 1872 at Stuttgart, Germany. He was buried at Fankelsbach Cemetery, Stuttgart, Germany.

Kocher studied in St. Petersburg, Russia in the early 1800's. His focus of study was piano and composition. In 1819 he went to Rome to study, after which he returned to Germany in 1820. Because of his great interest in reformation of church music in Germany, he founded the School of Sacred Music in Stuttgart in 1821, and also served as organist in the Stiftskirche in Stuttgart. His work popularized four-part singing in churches at the time, departing from the tradition of congregational singing in unison. In 1852 he received an honorary Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Tubingen.

In addition to hymn tunes, his works include an oratorio, operas and sonatas. He contributed to and edited many chorale books. He also wrote a treatise on church music titled Die Tonkunst in der Kirche in 1823.

The tune name of Kocher's hymn is DIX.

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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee

voted up & beautiful! Beautiful rendition of one of my favorite songs...


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Daniel Carter 6 years ago from Western US Author

Thanks so much, samsons!!


ted m. 6 years ago

great music dan!ted m.


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kimh039 6 years ago

What a pleasant way to start my day. Thanks Daniel.


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Daniel Carter 6 years ago from Western US Author

Thaks Ted and Kim for stopping by!


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Aya Katz 6 years ago from The Ozarks

Dan, it's a beautiful video and a beautiful arrangement. Bow and I thoroughly enjoyed it. He demanded to be brought closer to the screen to see it as well as hear the music.


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Daniel Carter 6 years ago from Western US Author

Hi Aya! The recording was a big surprise to me, sent to me by the publisher. So it became easy to make a video to go with it. I'm so glad you both enjoyed it so much!


Vicki Hurst 6 years ago

Beautiful arrangement Dan!! If I was still choir director, I'd be using it, but alas I no longer have that fun calling.....now Im RS president!! Yikes! Hope you are having a great day!!


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Daniel Carter 6 years ago from Western US Author

Nice of you to stop by, Vicki! It was great to talk to you on the phone the other day, too.


Sherry 6 years ago

Very very nice! I enjoyed this so much. Thank you!!


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vocalcoach 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

Thank you for sharing this lovely choir music. The videos are wonderful. I truly enjoyed your hub. I am a fan.


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Daniel Carter 6 years ago from Western US Author

Thanks for stopping by, Sherry and vocalcoach! I'm so glad you liked the article and video.


Whikat 6 years ago

This was beautiful and very impressive.


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Daniel Carter 6 years ago from Western US Author

Thank you, Whikat!


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

Thank you for a wonderful read and music.


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Daniel Carter 6 years ago from Western US Author

Always glad to see you stop by, Hello, hello!


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Joy56 4 years ago

Well i don't know where i have been. I havae spoken with you on forums, and seen you around for a long time, guess i did not take the time to read you. I am glad i have found you now. Wow You are so talented. Elijah is beautiful, and no harm in being emotional, it is a blessing. Hope to see much more of your work..... Brenda Scully.

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