Tag: "mixed chorus"

This piece was written for the Phillips Exeter Academy Concert Choir’s 2014 Spring Concert. It was paired with Imogen Holst’s fascinating orchestration of Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb. The two poets in question — Christopher Smart and William Blake — were about a generation apart, with Smart’s idiosyncratic spiritualism seen…

I was asked to compose the closing piece for the 2012 Five College Choral Festival at John M. Greene Hall in Northampton, MA. I choose a text by Amherst College alumnus, U.S. poet laureate (1987), twice winner of the Pulitzer prize, and valley resident Richard Wilbur. The experience was immensely…

Commissioned work for mixed chorus and piano, with brief solo sections featuring mezzo and baritone. The work was premiered by the Da Camera Singers at Helen Hills Hills Chapel on January 20, 2012. For facsimiles of the texts, see below. There were two additional performances of the work as part…

A short setting of a Schiller text written as a commission from New York Polyphony. Performed in Denmark (with live Danish Radio broadcast) and Oslo in August 2010. Premiered on their Mid-West tour (fall 2009), including a live broadcast on Kansas Public Radio.The piece has subsequently been performed throughout the…

I wrote this Portuguese carol adaptation for the Manhattan Choral Ensemble‘s 2008 Christmas Series. It is an homage to the subject of my doctoral research, Fernando Lopes-Graça. score The first recording is from the premiere (12/18/08) at Old St Patrick’s in NYC.   The second recording is from a live…

An Italian carol from the Cremonese town of Ripalta Cremasca (Lombardia) adapted for The Manhattan Choral Ensemble‘s 2007 holiday concert. score I go around from tavern to tavern; I go around from here to there; On this night in Bethlehem, there is no place to sleep, And we will not…

The piece began as a standalone Kyrie which evolved into a missa extremely brevis, with much of the mass text omitted. There are also slight textual alterations, shifting the focus towards a celebration of peace and those who bring peace to the world. The piece was written for Uncloistered and…

Six-part setting of Thomas Stanley’s translation of a classical Greek text by Anacreon. The piece explores canons at a variety of metric and pitch transpositions. Woodwind doublings suitable for the mixed version as well as an all male [tttbbb] version are available by request from the composer. [ recording is…

This setting uses aleatoric elements and double-choirs of changing sizes to evoke the slow awakening of the world in the early morning hours. Having spent many years in Amherst MA, I always feel a certain attachment to noted town resident, Emily Dickinson. The piece was commissioned by a fellow Westminster…

One of my two arrangements of the well known folk-tune. This version was done as a commission from the Sanibel (FL) Community Chorus. score

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