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Choral and Vocal music

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Concert music, Other church music, etc. (click here for Vespers)

Mass for Philadelphia

Vocal music

  • Email me for anything you’d like, and I’ll ship it to you (or email a PDF) with an invoice. Prices are below.
  • Anthems are octavo or 8-1/2 x 11 size.
  • Sample score and audio files are below, but email me if something you’d like to see isn’t up here yet (In preparation anthems are listed below the other choral music). Thank you!

Concert music

Agnus Dei

SATB, orchestra, 15′.Commissioned by the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, Paul Rardin, Artistic Director, to complement the Mozart Great Mass in C minor. Completed 24 August 2015. Premiered 18 October 2015, The Church of the Holy Trinity, Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia by the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia and the Symphony in C, conducted by Paul Rardin

And Good in Every Thing

Available from MusicSpoke! SATB, 5′ (Shakespeare).
For the choir of The Church of the Holy Trinity, Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, commissioned by Dr. John French, Organist/Choirmaster, to honor The Reverend Alan Neale for ten years of service as Rector. Premiered 15 June 2014.

And this, our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in every thing.
—As You Like It, Act 2, Scene 1

The Chambered Nautilus

Available from MusicSpoke! SATB div., opt. kbd. 5′ (Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.). $2.30
Commissioned by the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Boston, Ed Broms, Director of Music, for its 100th anniversary as the cathedral of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, October 7th, 2012, and the dedication of its new sculpture, Nautilus.

This is the ship of pearl, which, poets feign, Sails the unshadowed main,— The venturous bark that flings On the sweet summer wind its purpled wings In gulfs enchanted, where the Siren sings, And coral reefs lie bare, Where the cold sea-maids rise to sun their streaming hair. Its webs of living gauze no more unfurl; Wrecked is the ship of pearl! And every chambered cell, Where its dim dreaming life was wont to dwell, As the frail tenant shaped his growing shell, Before thee lies revealed,— Its irised ceiling rent, its sunless crypt unsealed! Year after year beheld the silent toil That spread his lustrous coil; Still, as the spiral grew, He left the past year’s dwelling for the new, Stole with soft step its shining archway through, Built up its idle door, Stretched in his last-found home, and knew the old no more. Thanks for the heavenly message brought by thee, Child of the wandering sea, Cast from her lap, forlorn! From thy dead lips a clearer note is born Than ever Triton blew from wreathèd horn! While on mine ear it rings, Through the deep caves of thought I hear a voice that sings:— Build thee more stately mansions, O my soul, As the swift seasons roll! Leave thy low-vaulted past! Let each new temple, nobler than the last, Shut thee from heaven with a dome more vast, Till thou at length art free, Leaving thine outgrown shell by life’s unresting sea!

The Consolation of Apollo

Available from MusicSpoke! SATB, crotales, bass drum played by singers. 35′ (Boethius, the crew of Apollo 8). Individual movements available.
Complete score, audio, text, and notes here. Commissioned by Eric Owens for The Crossing.

Grandmother’s Garden

Available from MusicSpoke! 2-part Children’s Choir, Piano, opt. C Instrument, 9′ (John Archambault). Commissioned by Settlement Music School, Philadelphia, in honor of the 10th Anniversary of the Gleeksman-Kohn Children’s Choir, Rae Ann Anderson, director.

The Heavens Declare

First page. SATB, SAB soloists, audience, piano. 4-1/2′ (Psalm 19:1–4, 14). $2.00. Program notes.

The heavens declare the glory of God, the skies announce the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour out their speech, night after night they tell what they know.
There is no speech, there are no words, their voice is not heard.
But their line goes out over all the earth; they proclaim to the ends of the world.

May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you,
O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.
—Psalm 19:1-4, 14

How Do I Love Thee?

Available from MusicSpoke! SSAA with piano or string quartet. 7′ (Elizabeth Barrett Browning). Program notes

 

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and Ideal Grace.
I love thee to the level of every day’s
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for Right;
I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.
I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood’s faith;
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints—I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life!—and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.
—Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861)
“Sonnet 43,” Sonnets from the Portuguese, 1845

from Vespers, 3 Soprano soloists, SSATB, accompaniment arr. for harp, organ

May Day

2015, 2-part children’s choir, SATB, 10′ (Ryan Eckes)

Now ys the Tyme of Crystymas

First page. SATB div., opt piano. 4′ (Richard Hill). $2.60
Program notesVideo of premiere

Lett no man come into this hall, Grome, page, nor yet marshall, But that some sport he bryng withall, For now ys the tyme of Crystymas. Yff that he say he can nought syng, Some other sport then lett him bryng, That it may please at this festyng, For now ys the tyme of Crystymas. Yff that he say he can nought do, Then for my love ask him no mo, But to the stokkis then lett him go, For now ys the tyme of Crystymas. Make we mery, both more and lasse, For now ys the tyme of Crystymas.

Now ys the Tyme of Crystymas

First page. Vocal quartet (SATB), opt piano. 4′(Richard Hill). $2.60
Program notes

Out of the Depths

SATB. 6′ (Psalm 130). Commissioned by Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church, Jeffrey Brillhart, music director, and premiered there 13 Mar 2016.

O Rex Gentium

First page. SATB. 6′ (O Antiphon). Commissioned by Choral Arts Philadelphia, Matthew Glandorf,artistic director, and premiered 2 Dec 2015, at St. Clement’s Church in Philadelphia as part of their O Antiphons project.

O Rex Gentium, et desideratus earum,
lapisque angularis, qui facis utraque unum:
veni, et salva hominem,
quem de limo formasti.

[O King of the Nations, and their desire,
the cornerstone, who makes both one:
Come and save mankind,
whom you formed out of the clay.]

Psalm 46

First page, full sc. First page, piano sc. Baritone-2*.2.2.2-2.2.3.1-timp.1perc-SATB-str. 14′
Program notes

Two Laudate Psalms

High voice, SA, piano. 10′ (Psalms 113, 150, Latin). $6.10. Reviews

Psalm 113, excerpt

Psalm 150, excerpt

Vespers

First page. SSSATB soloists from within the choir, SSAATTBB choir of at least 16 singers, Renaissance band of seven players. 65′. Program notesAudio samplesReviewsBuy the CD.
$21.00 full score, $13.00 vocal score, $75.00 parts.

The Waking Sun

2011. SATB, string quintet, theorbo, organ. 38′ (Seneca). $15.00 full score. Audio and Program notes. Reviews

 

Where Flames a Word

First page. SATB div. 13′ (Paul Celan). $6.30. Program notesReviewsBuy the CD

1. Before your late face

2. Conversation in the Mountains

3. I know you, you are the deeply bowed

Other church music

The Common Service of 1917

The Common Service, published 1917, was issued jointly by the General Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in the United States of America, the Trustees of the General Council of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in North America, and the United Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in the South. Notation has been revised and some text updated, and all newly re-engraved 2012 and 2014, by Kile Smith and the Rev. Dr. Michael G. Tavella. Available for use by all English-speaking Lutheran churches.

Psalm 8

Notes. Hymn. O Lord, Our Lord, Your Excellent Name (text by KS, based on Psalm 8)

Psalm 29

Holy Trinity Sunday (unison, accompanied, with [opt. SATB] Antiphon). “Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.”

Gospel Acclamations (Verses)

Many, many of these; please email me.

Offertory

Reformation—Romans 12:1,2 (bar, SATB, org). “I appeal to you, therefore, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”

Magnificat

Magnificat, from Vespers, 3 Soprano soloists, SSATB, accompaniment arr. for harp, organ

Magnificat. SATB, handbells, opt. organ. 4′

Magnificat Antiphon. SATB, congregation, organ

Mass for Philadelphia

Kyrie sample. Unison congregation, opt. descant, organ. $3.00

Kyrie, Gloria, Offertory, Sanctus, Christ Our Passover, Agnus Dei, Nunc Dimittis. Program notes here, notes on the Offertory, Nunc, and an audio sample here. Review by Liturgy, Hymnal & Pulpit Review.

Passion Sunday Chant, Instrumental Interludes

Choral, in preparation

Amazing Grace. opt. SATB solos, SATB.
My God, Accept My Heart This Day. opt solo instrument, SAB solos, SATB, organ.
Psalm 84. SATB.
Psalm 117. 5-part round.
That Easter Day with Joy Was Bright. SATB

Vocal music

Alas, and Did my Savior Bleed
1981; high voice, organ; 4′

Five Scottish Songs
1984; high voice, piano; 15′

1. Two Girls Singing (Iain Crichton Smith)
2. Anemones (Marion Angus)
3. The Lodging (George Mackay Brown)
4. Wedding (George Mackay Brown)
5. On a Cat, Ageing (Sir Alexander Gray)

Holy Mountain
1982; high voice, organ; 4′

In This Blue Room
2015; mezzo-soprano, baritone, piano; 45′

Jesus, Thou Joy of Loving Hearts
1982; high voice, organ; 4′

Magnificat
2003; soprano, soprano recorder, percussion. 6′

Mark the Music (William Shakespeare)
2014; soprano, tenor, baritone, piano; 4′

Morire (Irma Bartoli)
2005; medium voice, piano; 4′

Plain Truths
2011/2013; baritone, piano or string quartet, and optional chorus; 20′

Poems of Gerard Manley Hopkins
1989/2000; high voice, piano; high voice, orchestra; 11′. Program notes, texts

1. Spring and Fall

2. As kingfishers catch fire

3. Henry Purcell

Poems of Stephen Berg
2000; soprano, clarinet, piano; 9′
Program notes

1. Ibycus: Fragments 2, 3, 4 (B.C. 536)
2. Always

Stationen auf dem Wege zur Freiheit (Dietrich Bonhoeffer)
1998; soprano, tenor saxophone, piano; 15′

1. Zucht (Discipline)
2. Tat (Deed)
3. Leiden (Suffering)
4. Tod (Death)

There Is No Great and No Small (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
2016; mezzo-soprano, piano; 3′

Thine for Ever
1982; soprano, organ; 4′

Three Italian Songs
2005; voice, piano; 10′

1. Morire (To die) (Irma Bartoli)
2. Autunno (Autumn) (Giovanni Maggianni)
3. Donare (To give) (Alexandra Fuso)

Three Italian Songs
2005; medium voice, violin, cello, clarinet, bass clarinet; 10′

1. Morire (To die) (Irma Bartoli)
2. Autunno (Autumn) (Giovanni Maggianni)
3. Donare (To give) (Alexandra Fuso)

Three Songs, No. 1 (Percy Bysshe Shelley)
1978/2000; high voice, piano; 12′

1. The Isle
2. Yet Look on Me
3. Memory

Three Songs, No. 2 (Gordon Brown Birrel)
1979; tenor, piano; 9′

1. Comings
2. Wee Wiggly Wee
3. To a Waterfall

Three Songs, No. 3
1979; high voice, piano; 8′

1. Batter My Heart, Three Person’d God (John Donne)
2. On Zacheus (Francis Quarles)
3. The Voice of Still Waters (Mary Sheetz)

Three Songs, No. 4 (Kile Smith)
1980/99; high voice, piano; 8′

1. Reading Gulag by the Fire
2. The Rainmaker
3. Untitled

Three Songs, No. 5 (Gerard Manley Hopkins)
1989; high voice, piano; 14′

1. Penmaen Pool
2. Spring and Fall
3. Henry Purcell

Two Tunes by Gerard Manley Hopkins (harmonized K.S.)
1989; high voice, piano; 4′

1. Who is Silvia? (William Shakespeare, 1st version)
2. Who is Silvia? (William Shakespeare, 2nd version)

who are you, little i (e.e. cummings)
1981; high voice, piano; 3′