This is a thoughtfully edited compilation of some of the best Catholic music, all appropriate in both text and style. From Fogliano and Byrd to Stainer and Elgar this is not simply a collection for medieval music aficionados but of the most beautiful and appropriate music for the Catholic Mass. Included are famous settings by Byrd, Palestrina, and Mozart but also wondrous pieces by lesser-known composers like Remondi and Lotti. The volume contains indices by composer, piece, and part (SATB, SSA, et cetera.) English translations of all texts precede the piece. The spine and layout allow for the easy making of copies, which is handy because copying and sharing of the music is permitted under Creative Commons license 3.0.
Apologia Pro Literati Vita
This Choir book is an incredible resource and a great deal. As a busy choir director, who must manage a music program along with planning liturgies, buying music, maintaining a choral library, answering endless emails and doing everything by oneself (including, at times, cleaning the choir loft!) I have found this book to be the answer to many prayers as it solves many problems related to running a parish choir.
First - it contains almost everything a choir director, doing high quality sacred music, could want. Instead of copying scores ad nauseum or spending a lot of time ordering scores, you have everything you need right at hand. If all choir members have a book, voila! the music that is needed is at hand.
Second - It's beautiful typeset with lovely graphics. So, it's pleasant and friendly to look at - which is important.
Third - It's SO EASY TO USE.... and there are tons of online resources that you can access as well.
This choir book is also a wonderful tool for creating a repertoire - of which, each choir member can be proud.
I can't say enough good things about The Catholic Choirbook Anthology. Check it out - you'll want to own one.
Christ the King Parish
The first 5 books in the series:
A collection of music conpiled from the 5 books plus useful old and new Catholic hymns for your choir: