Pianist, Composer, Music Educator
Mark Christopher Brandt: acoustic piano, lead vocals, male choir
Shani (Brandt) DuFrain: lead vocals, female choir
Ko Brandt: lead vocals, female choir
Rita Brandt: lead vocals, female choir
The male choir is comprised of countertenor, tenor, baritone, and bass.
The female choir is comprised of mezzo-soprano, alto and contralto.
All music composed and arranged by Mark Christopher Brandt ©️2021.
All rights reserved. Heart of the Lion Publishing Co/BMI. Recorded, mixed, and mastered at Slipped Disc Audio in Ashland, Virginia.
Joy Released October 7, 2021
Joy was inspired by the Joyful Mysteries of the Holy Rosary. While it technically belongs to the “Praise and Worship” category of music, it is not at all like most of the music in that category, nor is it like any other “rosary” set to music or prayed with music as a background. To convey the mysteries for meditation, Mark used as “lyrics” the actual words spoken in Scripture by the characters in the given scenes; i.e. Angels, the Magi, Elizabeth, the Blessed Virgin Mary, Jesus, etc. rather than the narration and written descriptions of the scene.
Joy was composed for multiple singers with piano accompaniment. The recording features all three of Mark’s daughters singing both as lead vocalists and in the choir. Mark is playing the piano as always but he sang lead on many of the tracks and sings in the choir as well. There are simple praise and worship pieces with piano, vocals and 3 part harmonies, full 10 piece choir movements and 2 a a-cappella choir pieces; Ave Maria, and Salve Regina - both original compositions of Mark’s using Latin text.
Although Joy is longer than an actual five-decade rosary, it will gently lead the listener into a deeper meditative state, and can help to develop one’s growth in contemplative prayer, depending on how actively and intensely a soul listens to the music as it plays. It is suggested that the highest listening experience will be gained when entering into the recording with full attention from start to finish. However, even when played as casual or background music, Joy is a peaceful and uplifting listening experience.
1. The Petition
2. The Invocation
3. Come Holy Spirit
4. The Apostles Creed
5. The Lord’s Prayer
6. Part 1. Hail Mary in E Major
7. Part 2. The Angel Gabriel and Mary
8. Part 1. Hail Mary in A Minor
9. Part 2. Elizabeth’s Song
10. Part 3. The Magnificat
The Birth of Our Lord
11. Part 1. Ave Maria in F Major
12. Part 2. John Chapter 1
13. Part 3. Mark Chapter 1
14. Part 4. Matthew Chapter 1
15. Part 5. Luke Chapter 2
16. Part 6. Matthew Chapter 2
17. Part 7. Saint Andrew Novena Prayer
The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple
18. Part 1. Hail Mary in A Major
19. Part 2. The Prophecy of Simeon
The Finding of Jesus in the Temple
20. Part 1. Hail Mary in Bb Major
21. Part 2. Jesus and Mary in the Temple
22. Glory Be, Fatima Prayer, Petition Reprise
23. Salve Regina