AVE VERUM CORPUS

for SATB a cappella

 

A warm setting for SATB a cappella of the traditional Latin text.

 

Duration: 2′ $1.50

(recording not available)

Ave Verum Corpus

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BEFORE THE STILL SKY

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DEAR SARAH

for SATB and Piano

 

A dramatic setting of a Civil War letter written by Major Sullivan Ballou to his wife. Ballou was a young lawyer from Rhode Island who died one week after writing this letter during the first battle of Bull Run. The music is poignant and alternates between the writer’s voice and the reader’s voice through interweaving male and female voices. Completed in 1998 and commissioned by Canto Spiritus Chorus, San Antonio Choral Society and Palm Beach Atlantic College.

 

Duration: 9′ Published by Santa Barbara Music.

Listen & see the score at: http://www.sbmp.com/SR2.php?CatalogNumber=686)

 

“Great emotion runs deep in this fabulous piece.”
~ Santa Barbara Music Publications

 

“It was one of the most musically and artistically rewarding new pieces that I’ve had the pleasure to work on.”
~ Sharon Paul, Choral Conductor, University of Oregon

 

EL CAMINO DE LAS MISIONES

for SATB, Native American Flute, Guitar, Percussion

 

A large 20’ minute work commissioned by the San Antonio Choral Society in 2018 for the city of San Antonio Tricentennial. San Antonio is home to five restored 18th century Spanish missions along the San Antonio river. This music amplifies a dramatic aspect of each mission as you encounter each along what was known as “The Mission Road” (El camino de las misiones). It is meditative and reflective music. The texts use a variety of English, Spanish, and Coahuiltecan (a Central Texas Native language).

I.  YANAGUANA – The Alamo: Coahuiltecan Indian language phrases to reflect the Native American presence and need for water.
II. LUX SIT – Mission Concepcion: A dramatic solar illumination occurs every August 15 at this mission. Features a Latin text on light.
III. THE MISSION BELL – Mission San Jose: The unique single bell tower featured in a fantastical dream text.
IV. BEFORE THE STILL SKY – Mission San Juan Capistrano: Remembering the dead. Many Native Americans bones were returned to this mission and reburied in a painful reminder of the past.
V. LET US KNOW PEACE – Mission Espada: A call for us to seek peace through a text written by the Cheyenne that musically brings back the opening theme with this prayerful ending.

 

Duration: 18-20’ Choral Scores $3.95. Conductor’s Full Score $25.00

Watch & Listen at: https://youtu.be/tvS0B1GN7M4

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IN FLANDERS FIELDS

for SATB a cappella

 

A SATB a cappella setting of the famous World War I poem by John McCrae. Lyricism and gentle dissonance paints these poignant words.

 

Duration: 4′ Published by Colla Voce Music

Listen & see the score at: http://www.collavoce.com/catalog/item/in-flanders-fields-36-20170

 

LITTLE BIRDS OF THE NIGHT

for SATB a cappella

 

American poet and author Stephen Crane is believed to have written this fascinating short poem in 1896. Today he is best known for his Civil War novel The Red Badge of Courage. Text in English.

 

Duration: 3’ $1.50

Watch & Listen at: https://youtu.be/M1ujsUDoHR8

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LUX SIT

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THE MISSION BELL

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OLDE IRISH BLESSING

for SATB and Piano

 

A simple easy to sing setting of the popular Irish poem. Good for Benediction, Postlude, or closing a concert. Also available for TTBB.

 

Duration: 1’30” $1.50

Watch & Listen at: https://youtu.be/-kPcTpk_BzM

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OLDE IRISH BLESSING

for TTBB and Piano

 

A simple easy to sing setting of the popular Irish poem. Good for Benediction, Postlude, or closing a concert. Also available for SATB.

 

Duration: 1’30” $1.50

Watch & Listen at: https://youtu.be/-kPcTpk_BzM

 

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O MAGNUM MYSTERIUM

for SATB, Organ, Oboe, 4 Percussion

 

A dramatic setting of the traditional Latin text for SATB, organ, oboe, 4 percussion. Based on the ancient Christmas day text, the music transcends time by simultaneously juxtaposing the birth and death of Christ. Latin and English text. Commissioned by Vicki Burrichter, conductor.

 

Duration: 12′ $2.00
(Recording available upon request)

 

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PSALM 61

for SATB and Piano

 

A warm and rich setting for SATB and piano of this inspiring psalm. English text.

 

Duration: 5′ $1.50
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Psalm 61

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PSALM 121

for SATB a cappella

 

A warm and rich setting for SATB a cappella. English text. Commissioned by the San Antonio Choral Society, Gary Mabry, conductor.

 

Duration: 3′ $1.50

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Psalm 121

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THE ROAD NOT TAKEN

for SATB and Piano

 

SATB and cello setting of the famous Robert Frost poem. Completed in 1993.

 

Duration: 5′ $1.50

Watch & Listen at: https://youtu.be/M1ujsUDoHR8

The Road Not Taken

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SILENT SHADOWS TO THE LAST

Three Walt Whitman Poems for Soprano and Piano

 

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SYMPHONY NO. 1 “BLUE”

for Soprano, Chorus, and Wind Ensemble

 

A five movement choral symphony for solo soprano, SATB chorus and wind ensemble based on a text by the composer. The narrative text, “Blue”, is rooted in the notion of the loss of hope and the process of reconnecting with it. The music is carefully orchestrated to avoid inherent balance problems between winds and voices. Oratorio-like and dramatic in nature. Completed in 1999 and commissioned by a consortium of 42 university wind ensembles. A minimum of 75 singers is recommended for balance concerns with the winds. The text is available upon request. Grade 5-6.

 

Duration: 35′ Parts Rental $500. Score for Sale $75

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I. Impending Blue https://youtu.be/8kXdSLnH3_Y
II. Dark Blue https://youtu.be/7z7GhucnQIE
III. Fading Blue https://youtu.be/SSP8J76CgNI
IV. Still Point Blue https://youtu.be/sgFJ7FKrp-4
V. True Blue https://youtu.be/n5FXKA_K3rg

 

“… James Syler’s ‘Symphony No. 1’ … is a major addition to the wind ensemble repertoire. What immediately strikes the listener about this composition with a title ‘Blue’ is the depth of the text and music and the absence of all of the possible stereotypes that could be associated with such a title.”
~ Leon Bly, World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles

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TANTUM ERGO

for SATB a cappella

 

A harmonically colored a cappella setting of the traditional Latin text. Completed in 1997.

 

Duration: 4′ $1.50

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Tantum Ergo

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THE TEMPTATION OF SAINT ANTHONY

for Chorus and Wind Ensemble

 

Anthony of Egypt (251-356) was a 3rd century hermit, saint, and father of monasticism in the early church. His life and account of being tempted and tormented in the Egyptian desert were popularized through the first hand account of Athanasius (296-373) in his book The Life of Antony. The six musical sections of this work are titled by phrases I found memorable from my reading of The Life of Antony. I’ve approached the Temptation of St. Anthony as an analogy for the process of temptation – approach, doubt, temptation, torment, relief, and joy. The music is filled with drama, sensuality, horror, and strangely enough, joy.

 

Duration: 18′ Parts Rental $400. Score for Sale $60

Watch & Listen at: https://youtu.be/IoYDggCNKw8

 

“The vocabulary ranges from thorny tone clusters to soaring vocal lines to beautiful traditional harmonies. The effect of the combined choral and instrumental forces is sonically powerful and intensely emotional.”
~ John Silantien, Director of Choral Studies, The University of Texas at San Antonio

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UBI CARITAS

for SATB a cappella

 

A simple and easy to sing setting of the traditional Latin text for SATB a cappella.

 

Duration: 3′ Published by Fred Bock Music.

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