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Organ and Brass

Choral music: Classical/Cathedral Choral Arrangements Choral music: Contemporary/World Handbells Concert Band Orchestra

Organ and Brass

Canzona Triumphale from the suite from "The Merchant of Venice." Brass quintet or brass choir with optional timpani/percussion. Originally composed for a performance of Shakespeare's drama, this work rings out joyously in the antiphonal style of Renaissance tower music. The quintet version sets the organ in dialog with the brass; in the version for brass choir, the brass are separated into antiphonal units, with the organ unifying the sound of the separate choirs. Sound

Cortège Triomphale. Brass choir, snare, cymbals, timpani, and organ. A bold and rousing coronation march, suitable for any festival occasion.

Festival Processional. Bold and heroic, the noble and regal tones of this work belie its simplicity. A good "hip pocket" work for any festive occasion that calls for a processional. Sound

Festival Processional on "Sine Nomine". Brass choir, timpani, cymbals (optional) and unison chorus/congregation with soprano descant. Setting the lyrics to two verses of the hymn text "When in our music God is glorified," this processional is especially suited for choral festivals or "choir recognition" Sundays.

Festival March "Discipuli de Pulpito". Brass quintet or choir, timpani, snare drum, cymbals, and organ. A joyous recessional, with just a touch of humor—as is only fitting for a march dedicated to "students at the teacher's desk," the English translation of the Latin title. Sound

No Candle Was There and No Fire. Brass quartet or quintet, timpani/percussion, organ. Lisa Lehmann's lovely Christmas song, this time arranged for brass. (Choral arrangement also available.)

Postlude on "Brixton Victory". Brass choir, organ, timpani, and percussion. An instrumental setting of an original hymn tune, in the style of the great English cathedral. A choral version of the same work is also available. Sound

Toccata in C "Angel's Song". Brass quartet or quintet with organ. A fiery postlude on the beloved carol "Angels We Have Heard on High." Sound

Toccata in Dialog. Brass choir or quintet, optional percussion and timpani, and organ. The fire of the en chemade reeds and the roar of the pedals ring out in dialog with the brass, accompanied by a blazing sixteenth-note-sextuplet figure that's much easier to play than it sounds! Sound

Wassail Toccata. Brass quartet or quintet, timpani, organ. A jubilant festival toccata bursting with Christmas joy, as only the "Gloucester Wassail" can express it. Sound

Chant Suite for Brass and Organ (movements available separately)

Processional on A Russian Chant. Brass quintet, organ, timpani, and cymbals (optional). A proud and noble processional (or recessional) on a Russian incipit for Psalm 113: "Hvalite Imia Ghospodne". Published for quintet and organ by GIA. Sound Contact the composer for other ensembles.

Meditation on "Christ Our Passover." Brass quintet, organ, timpani, and unison chorus (optional). Suitable for prelude, offertory, or communion meditation, with an optional (and very easy) unison chorus part doubling the chant tune. A good choice for an "instant" anthem any time brass players are available. Published for quintet and organ by GIA. Sound Contact the composer for other ensembles.

Fanfare and Toccata on "Veni Creator Spiritus". Brass quintet,with timpani, snare drum, and suspended cymbal. The fire of the holiday of Pentecost infuses this rousing postlude, setting the traditional Pentecost plainchant to spirited modern rhythms. Published for quintet and organ by GIA. Sound Contact the composer for other ensembles.

Choral music

Major Works

Mass of Peace. SATB (divisi), treble chorus, organ, orchestra, and congregation. A new English translation of the Mass created specifically for this work, with "call and response" sections for congregational participation. The Mass of Peace strives to create a very special unity between the text, the music, and the audience, breaking the barriers that separate the liturgy from the "non-liturgical" listener, classical from "world" styles—even breaking the wall between performer and audience, by setting the bar of participation at the level of "repeat after me." It ends not with the traditional "Ite missa est" of the formal Mass, but with a final message of peace, a benediction from the Song of Simeon: "Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace." (excerpt, final two movements)

Te Deum Laudamus. SATB (brief SATB solos), brass ensemble, handbells, harp, percussion, and organ. The traditional 1662 text is set first to bold rythms in shifting time signatures, with full brass chords and crashing cymbals; then, when the text turns from praise to supplication, the soft sounds of the harp and handbells bring the work to a peaceful and sublime conclusion.

Music in the Classical and Cathedral Style

A Promise of Comfort. SATB chorus and organ, with optional brass choir and timpani. Composed to commemorate the tragedy of July 7, 2005 in London, and dedicated to the victims of the tragedy and their families, this short anthem offers words of comfort from the Scriptures: "The souls of the righteous are in the hand of God; no pain nor grief shall nigh them come. For we have here no continuing place, but we seek one that is to come. For the ransomed of the Lord shall return again, and songs of everlasting joy upon their heads shall be."

Behold My Servant. SATB, optional treble chorus, organ. The ordination anthem for the Right Reverend Jon J. Bruno, sixth Episcopal Bishop of Los Angeles; a setting of Isaiah 42 in the style of the nineteenth-century English cathedral. Published by CanticaNova.

De Profundis. SATB chorus and organ. A setting of Psalm 130, excellent for Lent and other penitential or introspective seasons.

Hail, Gladsome Light. SATB chorus with chamber orchestra. A setting of the "Phos Hilaron," one of the oldest (if not the oldest) Christian hymns. In Latin. PDF available

Hodie. SATB (optional divisi) and orchestra. Described at its premiere as "the greatest piece Vaughn Williams never wrote," this is an electrifying setting of the proper for Christmas Day.
In Latin.

I Walk the King's Highway. Chamber orchestra, handbells, SATB soloists and chorus, and congregation. Composed for the 100th anniversary of Oneonta Congregational Church, this festival anthem is suitable for any service of dedication--or re-dedication.

Lenten Mass. Cantor, congregation/choir, and organ. A favorite at the Cathedral Center of St. Paul in Los Angeles, this simple Mass is intended to be used as service music, and can be learned quickly and easily by choir and congregation alike. An easy "new liturgy" for congregations accustomed to a sung liturgy, and an accessible introduction to sung liturgy for congregations who would like to try something new (or should we rather say, "something old").

Lift Up Your Heads. Introit for SATB chorus, SATB semi-chorus or soloists, brass choir, timpani, and organ. A powerful beginning for a festival service, in which the choir can be placed at the back of the church, or even surrounding the congregation.

Magnificat. SSATB and organ. The Canticle of Mary, in a setting suitable for five soloists or chorus.

O Sacrum Convivium. Soprano solost, SATBB chorus (either or both) and organ. A simple and beautiful anthem extolling the mystery of the Eucharist, setting a text by St. Thomas Aquinas. Available from OCP in single copies or as part of their Holy Week octavo packet, and they have also released a recording on CD.

O Savior of the World. SATB chorus with optional organ. A setting of the Good Friday text "Salvator Mundi," in the style of the Russian Romantic era, but scored for today's more humble choral resources.

Psalm 57. SATB chorus (optional divisi) with piano accompaniment. Commissioned for performance on Memorial Day 2006, at Ground Zero in New York City; a dramatic setting of a psalm that offers to people of every faith the Lord's sustenance and comfort in the face of triibulation.

Psalm 118. SATB (optional divisi) and organ, with optional brass and percussion. A triumphant setting of a triumphant psalm: it sounds "big," but the ease with which it reads and sings belies the grandeur of its sound. For Easter or other festival Sundays when you want to shake the rafters with a huge choral sound.

Sure On This Shining Night. SATB a capella. A gentle and meditative setting of the poem by James Agee (1909-1955), composed for and premiered by the vocal quartet Red Car Trolley. Originally composed for a quartet, it sings easily and can easily be performed by a group larger than the original quartet.

Surely He Hath Borne Our Griefs. S(div)ATBB a capella; an optional accompaniment for chamber orchestra is also available. A setting of the traditional Lenten verses of Isaiah 53, in the style of the great nineteenth-century Russian composers.

The Strife Is Over. SATB and organ. Hearkening back to the grand cathedral sound of Stanford and Vaughan Williams, this new setting of a favorite hymn text features soaring lines, heroic harmonies, and a grand final "Alleluia." For choirs who would like something a little ambitious to learn, but completely accessible for the listener. Optional instrumentation: brass choir and percussion. (A recording of the brass/organ version is available.)

Veni, Sancte Spiritus. SATB, trumpet, and organ. A setting of the "golden sequence," a text from the Middle Ages calling upon the Holy Spirit and celebrating the day of Pentecost.

Music in Contemporary and "World" Styles

Acclamation and Exaltation. SATB, piano, electric bass, drum set, African percussion, and two C instruments (optional). Originally composed for World Communion Sunday, this joyful work sets the Memorial Acclamation "Christ has died; Christ is risen; Christ will come again" in Swahili, with joyful African rhythms that will get both the choir and the congregation dancing. Includes pronunciation guide. A version for chamber orchestra is also available.

Create in Us Your New Jerusalem. SATB, brass choir, organ, electric bass, drums and percussion. An anthem of rededication, which employs the imagery of the "new Jerusalem" described in Revelations as a metaphor for consecration and renewal. Featuring a firey organ toccata accompanied by a powerful "rock" rhythm, this is the ideal anthem for a "blended worship" church.

Do This and Remember Me. SATB and organ or piano. A communion meditation, ideal for introducing liturgical elements to non-liturgical churches. Nicely suited for smaller or "summer" choirs.

Gloria. SATB, brass choir, organ, electric bass, drums and percussion. Suitable for Christmas or general use, this joyous anthem sets portions of the Gloria of the mass to an infectious "world-beat" rhythm.

Song of the Word. SATB plus alto soloist, orchestra or two keyboards (piano and synthesizer), electric bass, drum set, African percussion. The text from John 1 on the Word made flesh is set in Swahili and English in a delightful combination of African and Western styles; suitable for Christmas or general use. Includes pronunciation guide. Parts for brass choir or chamber orchestra are available immediately; two-keyboard version available later this year.

Rejoice and Sing Praise! SATB with piano accompaniment. A setting of Psalm 98; not a "responsorial psalm," but an anthem with congregational participation, and the only skill required of the congregation is the ability to "repeat after me." Ideal for small or "summer" choirs.

Choral Arrangements

No Candle Was There and No Fire (L. Lehmann). SATB (most parts divisi) chorus, alto soloist, and orchestra. A charming, heartwarming arrangement of the classic song by Lisa Lehmann, one of the most celebrated women composers of her time. (Also available for brass and organ)

Sad Am I Without Thee. SSA plus soprano soloist and chamber orchestra. A hauntingly beautiful Scottish folk song with a new text: the soul longing for its Savior. Also available with the original, traditional lyrics. (The recording uses the sacred lyrics; PDF shows the traditional.)

The Angels' Song (W. Billings). SATB chorus and orchestra. A holiday favorite from the first truly "American" composer, full of eighteenth-century sparkle, wit, and warmth.  

Secular Works

Three Shakespeare Songs. SATB, chamber/youth orchestra, with solo violin or other C solo instrument. Three songs from Twelfth Night: "Oh Mistress Mine," "Come Away Death," and "Hey, Ho, the Wind and the Rain." Suitable for smaller and/or younger choirs.

Handbells

Ave Maria. Mezzo soprano, handbells, and organ. Originally composed for an Advent Sunday celebrating Mary, this contemplative work is suitable for any service celebrating the Mother of God.

Handbell Doxology. Handbells, congregation, and organ. The text to "Old Hundredth," sung to the hymn tune Laßt uns erfreuen, with handbells pealing with all the joy of traditional change-ringing.

Ode to Joy. Handbells, congregation, and organ. A setting of the favorite hymn "Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee" accompanied by handbells, accompanied by strains from Beethoven's Ninth Symphony.

Prelude on Morecambe. Handbells and organ. A setting of the tune best known for the hymn "Spirit of God, Descend Upon my Heart."

Psalm 136. Handbells and piano. Premiered on Thanksgiving Sunday, the piece joyfully celebrates the exhortation of the psalm, "Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good." Hear the piece

Works for Concert Band/Wind Ensemble

Commencement March: Sicut Incipiat (Latin: Thus, let it begin.) For symphonic band with optional organ. The inaugural commission of the Robert J. Flanagan Yale Bands Commissioning Endowment, a fund directed to the commissioning and premiering of music for concert band to ensure that the Yale Band’s exemplary and long-standing tradition of commissioning the worlds’ greatest composers will remain an active and important part of the program in perpetuity. The piece was specifically commissioned to become part of the music accompanying Yale University's annual commencement exersises. Also available adapted for brass quintet and organ.

Fanfare and Cortège. According to Dr. Thomas C. Duffy, Director of Bands at Yale University, Fanfare and Cortège is a "beautiful, well-crafted mini-tone poem that... creates a sound-world of royal pomp, reserved celebration and nostalgia." For symphonic band with optional organ.

Fanfare and Triumphal March from Macbeth. Brilliant brass and thundering drums provide a fitting fanfare for Shakespeare's classic tragedy.

Orchestral Works

Call of the Forest Spirits. A musical portrait of the magical forest of Arden, from a suite of incidental music composed for Shakespeare's As You Like It. Suitable for younger orchestras; with optional SSA (wordless) chorus. 

Christmas Festival Overture. After an introductory horn call on the "Gloucester Wassail," this medley of carols explores the joys of French Christmas music: "Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day"; "Bring A Torch, Jeanette Isabella"; "He is Born, the Divine Christ Child"; and a rousing organ toccata on "Angels We Have Heard On High." For full orchestra with organ solo.

Elizabeth's Farewell. Inspired by Arthur Miller's The Crucible, this tone poem paints a picture of a time after the end of the play, when Elizabeth "introduces" her infant child to her father at her husband's grave; with optional SSA (wordless) chorus.

English Carol Overture. The Sussex Carol and the Boar's Head Carol join to ring out the glad tidings of the season in this Christmas jewel. For full orchestra.

Processional for a Quiet Time. A simple F-major processional composed for the Baccalaureate service; suitable for any time a gentle, but regal, processional is required. For chamber/youth orchestra.

Nightingale Walzes. A delightful night in Old Vienna for chorus and orchestra, with text by von Daumer and Goethe. Well suited for youth or community chorus (SATB plus two soprano soloists) and orchestra—and, if the chorus isn't available, it's a wonderful waltz setting just for orchestra.

Somerset Overture. Three traditional English carols (the Somerset carol, "Good King Wenceslaus," and "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen"), in a sparkling arrangement with sleigh bells and horn calls that evokes the charm of the English countryside that will set the perfect mood as a concert overture. For full orchestra. Published by Ludwig Masters.

Song for My Brother. A charming setting of an original Scottish slow air ("Landsborough"), featuring the tune presented by a solo viola. Suitable for small or youth orchestra.

Song for a Faraway Friend. A warm and gentle work, evoking images of friends and family. Easy and lyrical, this works puts the expansive "romantic" orchestral sound within the grasp of smaller orchestras.

Tragic Overture for "The Notebook of Trigorin". Orchestra with cello solo. From a suite composed for Tennessee William's brilliant reworking of Chekov's The Seagull, this piece has all the sadnesss and poignance for which classic Russian romanticism is renowned. Also suitable for younger orchestras who have "varsity" players in the first chairs.

 

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