Blue Skies

Blue Skies, arranged for Violin, Viola and Cello. Advanced Intermediate due to double stops in Cello and Violin part, and use of swung rhythm.Written in 1926 as a last minute addition to the Rodgers and Hart musical, Betsy, the audience on opening night demanded 24 encores of this piece from Belle Baker. It has since been…

The Power of Jesus Christ will Reign

A fun, boppy, composition suitable for performance in church. The lyrics of the Chorus read:And we thank you Lord Jesus for the things you’ve done,We’ve got a new heart from you and a new spirit too,and we will shout all your praises from the highest of heightsFor we are cleansed of our sins by the…

Sunflower (From Spiderman: Into the Spider-verse) – Post Malone & Swae Lee

Sunflower (from Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse) is an atmospheric, glitchy, soulful track that perfectly captures the movie that it’s from. Walking the line “between hip hop and dream pop” (Patrick Doyle, Rolling Stone), this arrangement for String Quartet attempts to capture that essence in a style that is still enjoyable for the players. The glitchy,…

Head Above Water – Avril Lavigne

Coming from Avril Lavigne’s sixth studio album, Head Above Water was Lavigne’s first single since 2015. The song details her struggle with Lyme disease, writing “I had accepted death and could feel my body shutting down. I felt like I was drowning. Like I was going under water and I just needed to come up…

Wonder-working Power

A driving arrangement of this wonderful hymn. The inspiration for this version came from playing this hymn at a young men’s spiritual retreat, where they would shout out an echo of the word “Power” in the chorus. This arrangement is an attempt to capture that passion and energy. The choral parts include some syncopation, but…

Love Out Loud

This song draws on 1 John 4:12, the Lord’s Prayer, and also a devotional by Joyce Meyer (although, I didn’t read the devotional, just liked the title). This is a choral arrangement of the recorded track, available at benclapton.id.au SATB and Piano, List price: US$4.99. Buy it here

People Get Ready – Curtis Mayfield

Arrangement for String Quartet. Starts in Db and modulates to D major. Melody passes through all instruments. “People Get Ready” was written by Curtis Mayfield, and was first a hit for the Impressions, with noteworthy covers by Bob Marley and the Wailers, Rod Stewart and Jeff Beck, and Human Nature. Rolling Stone magazine named it…

Holy Spirit, Living Breath of God

This modern hymn by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend is a thoughtful prayer to the Holy Spirit. It is an invitation to enter into a worship space, but also a challenge suitable for a response or a sending out. I currently have two arrangements of this piece. First is an arrangement which has the melody…