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Canticle notes for Boston Cecilia

[George Case and Boston Cecilia asked me to contribute to their blog in the run-up to their 11 Mar 2018 concert of Canticle. This is what I wrote, slightly edited.] Saints bless the world, even when the world doesn’t know it. Saints who write, though, speak to the...

Holy Mountain

SATB, organ. Moderately easy. Original tune with spare harmonies; an early American sound that recalls shape-note singing. Composed 1982, revised 2003. See and hear the entire work here. Come to Calvary’s holy mountain, Sinners, ruined by the fall; Here a pure and...

Driving off a Bridge

[First published 23 Jan 2018 as “Life is a dream” by the Broad Street Review and reprinted by permission.] The two lanes merged as I slipped past the slower car to my right. Two other cars ducked in behind me. We were approaching a one-lane bridge, thin and high. The...

The Lutheran Roots of an Epiphany Vespers

I’m now a contributor to the Augsburg Fortress Prelude Music Planner blog; my first effort is up now, about the writing of my (now 10-yr-old!) Vespers, how Epiphany and Lutheran chorales are behind it all, and how Bach eventually taught me a thing or two in...