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CHORAL MUSIC

a cappella

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CHORAL MUSIC: a cappella
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Amen, Choral Response (2009) 1 min Commissioned by First Church in Cambridge, Congregational
Peter Sykes, Music Director
SSAATBB

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Amissus / The Lost One (1999) 5 min (for general use)
Commissioned and Premiered (16 May 1999) by Trinity Episcopal Choir, Fort Wayne, Indiana
Wayne Petersen, Director
Text by the composer, trans. Edward J. Vodoklys, S.J. (Latin)
SSATB
Score
Arcanae / Mysterious Ones (1995) 11 min Commissioned and Premiered (24 February 1996) by Ensemble Project Ars Nova, at First Church in Cambridge
Text by the composer, trans. Edward J. Vodoklys, S.J. (Latin)
  1. Seraphim PDF of neumes
  2. Michael PDF of neumes
  3. Lucis angeli PDF of neumes
Male and Female Voices
Texts
Awakening (2013) 2 min Commissioned by Cristi Catt in memory of her grandmothers, Emily Faye Catt and Ethelyn Jean Falwell. SSAA Score
Birds of the Psalms (2016) Text: Psalter, The Book of Common Prayer (English)
  1. Psalm 91   PDF
  2. Psalm 55   PDF
  3. Psalm 17   PDF
  4. Psalm 104   PDF
  5. Psalm 57   PDF
  6. Psalm 63   PDF
  7. Psalm 148   PDF
  8. Psalm 61   PDF
  9. Psalm 36   PDF
  10. Psalm 91 (Reprise)   PDF

Beauty Flew to Me (Set to Psalm 91) (2016) Part of Birds of the Psalms
Text: Psalter, The Book of Common Prayer (English)
SSAATBB
Score
Benediction, Choral Response (2002) 1 min MP3 Commissioned and Premiered (Fall 2002) by First Church in Cambridge, Congregational
Peter Sykes, Music Director
Text: Romans 8:38-39, Biblia Sacra Vulgata translation (Latin)
SSAATB

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Caritas (2005) 6.5 min MP3 Commissioned and Premiered (30 September 2006) by Mannerquartett Schnittpunktvokal (Austria)
Festival Niedersachsische Musiktage, Hannover, Germany
Text: I Corinthians 13 Biblia Sacra Vulgata translation (Latin)
CtTTB
Score
Come, Emmanuel (2005) 3.25 min (for Christmas/Advent)
Commissioned and Premiered (12 December 2004) by First Church in Cambridge, Congregational
Peter Sykes, Music Director
Text by the composer (English)
SSA
Score
Cor mei cordis / Heart of my Heart (1994) 15 min MP3 Premiered (5 October 1996) by Schola Cantorum of Boston; Fred Jodry, Director
Text by the composer, trans. Edward J. Vodoklys, S.J. (Latin)
  1. Fleo
  2. Tu es mea infans
  3. Cor mei cordis
  4. Una nos ambulabimus in silva
  5. Tu es mea infans
  6. Amen (from Five Meditations, 1993)
SSATBB
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Cor meum est templum sacrum / My Heart is a Holy Place (2001) 4 min MP3 (for general use, Just Peace Sunday)
Commissioned and Premiered (20 January 2001) by First Church in Cambridge, Congregational
Peter Sykes, Music Director
Text by the composer, trans. Edward J. Vodoklys, S.J. (Latin)
SSATB

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Divine Love (Set to Psalm 31) (2015) Dedicated to Carson Cooman
Text by the composer
SSATB
Score
Dominus pascit me (1997) 6 min Commissioned and Premiered (Summer 1997) by Village Harmony; Larry Gordon, Director, Vermont and England
Text: Psalm 23, Biblia Sacra Vulgata translation (Latin)
SSATB

Ego sum Custos Angela (1995) 3 min Commissioned and Premiered (21 October 1995) by Laurie Monahan, St. Martins Episcopal, Providence, RI
Text by the composer, trans. Edward J. Vodoklys, S.J. (Latin)
Solo Soprano

Epiphany (1996) 3 min MP3 (for Epiphany)
Commissioned and Premiered (6 January 1997) by First Church in Cambridge, Congregational
Peter Sykes, Music Director
Text by the composer (English)
SSAA
Score
Et factum est (2001) 4 min (for Epiphany, general use)
Commissioned and Premiered (7 January 2001) by First Church in Cambridge, Congregational
Peter Sykes, Music Director
For the installation of Dr. J. Mary Luti as Senior Minister of First Church in Cambridge
Text: Mark 1:9 Biblia Sacra Vulgata translation (Latin)
Solo Soprano & SSAB
Score
Grace (1999) 5 min MP3 (for general use, memorial services)
Commissioned and Premiered (4 April 1999) by First Church in Cambridge, Congregational
Peter Sykes, Music Director
Text by the composer (English)
SSSATBB & Optional Organ, Trumpet or Cello

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In oculis Dei (1996) 4 min MP3 (for general use)
Commissioned and Premiered (6 October 1996) by First Church in Cambridge, Congregational
Peter Sykes, Music Director
Text by the composer, trans. Edward J. Vodoklys, S.J. (Latin)
SSAATB
Score
In principio / In the Beginning (2002) 6 min MP3 Commissioned and Premiered (30 March 2003) by Youth pro Musica, St. Cecilia's Church, Boston, MA
Hazel Somerville, Director
Text: Genesis 1, Psalm 148 and Psalm 91, Biblia Sacra Vulgata translation (Latin)
SSA

Score

In the very air I breathe (2006) 3 min MP3 (for general use)
Commissioned and Premiered (10 December 2006) by First Church in Cambridge, Congregational
Peter Sykes, Music Director
Text by the composer (English)
SSAATB
Score
Into Winter's Glimm'ring Night (2012) 4 min MP3
SSAATTB
Score
Jesus, Redeemer of the World (2014, rev. 2015) 7 min MP3 Commissioned and Premiered (2 May 2014) by First Church in Cambridge, Congregational
Chant by Daryl Bichel, Artistic Director, Night Song
Polyphony by Patricia Van Ness
SATB
Score
Joy flows down like radiant moon (2006) 2.5 min MP3 (for general use, Epiphany, Pentecost)
Commissioned and Premiered (18 October 2006) by First Church in Cambridge, Congregational
Peter Sykes, Music Director
Text by the composer (English)
SSATB
Score
Mandatum novum / A New Commandment I Give to You (2009) 4 min Commissioned by First Church in Cambridge, Congregational
Peter Sykes, Music Director
SSAATTB

Maundy Thursday / O Pulcher (1997) 4 min (for Lent, Maundy Thursday)
Commissioned and Premiered (27 March 1997) by First Church in Cambridge, Congregational
Peter Sykes, Music Director
Text by the composer, trans. Edward J. Vodoklys, S.J. (Latin)
SSATBB

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May I rest my heart in you (2007) 2.5 min (for general use, memorial service)
Commissioned and Premiered (15 April 2007) by First Church in Cambridge, Congregational
Peter Sykes, Music Director
Text by the composer (English)
SSAATB

My Heart is a Holy Place (2001) 5 min New arrangement of Cor meum est templum sacrum
For (requested by) The King's Singers
AATTBB

Score available from Hal Leonard

Mysterious Ones / Arcanae (1995) 11 min Commissioned and Premiered (24 February 1996) by Ensemble Project Ars Nova, at First Church in Cambridge
Text by the composer, trans. Edward J. Vodoklys, S.J. (Latin)
  1. Seraphim PDF of neumes
  2. Michael PDF of neumes
  3. Lucis angeli PDF of neumes
Male and Female Voices
Texts
Nada te turbe (2006) 7 min Commisioned by Tapestry (Laurie Monahan, Cristi Catt, Daniela Tosic)
Text: Prayer Book of St. Teresa of Avila (Spanish)
SSSA
Score
The Nine Orders of the Angels (1996) 44 min Commissioned and Premiered (22 March 1996) by Tapestry, Cambridge, MA; Laurie Monahan, Director
Text by the composer, trans. Edward J. Vodoklys, S.J. (Latin)
  1. Custodes Angeli MP3
  2. Gabriel MP3 PDF of neumes
  3. Anael MP3 PDF of neumes
  4. Angeli Potestatis MP3 PDF of neumes
  5. Raphael MP3
  6. Dominationes MP3
  7. Thronorum MP3 PDF of neumes
  8. Cherubim MP3 PDF of neumes
  9. Seraphim MP3
SSAA
Score
Nocturnes (2000) Commissioned and Premiered (20 November 2000) by the Newton Choral Society; David Carrier, Director
Text by the composer, trans. Edward J. Vodoklys, S.J. (Latin)
  1. Invocation
  2. Nycetereutes
  3. Defensae silvae
  4. Moonfish
  5. Mooncalf's Ditty
  6. Somnabulator
  7. In laude noctis
SSATB, 2 Horns in F, 2 Trumpets, Trombone & Tuba
(Movements III and VI may be performed a cappella)
Score
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O infans lucis (1998) 5 min Commissioned and Premiered (2 May 1998) by the Fort Wayne Children's Choir; Ty Magsig, Director
Text by the composer, trans. Edward J. Vodoklys, S.J. (Latin)
SSAA

Pentecost (1996) 5 min (for Pentecost)
Commissioned and Premiered (26 May 1996) by First Church in Cambridge, Congregational
Peter Sykes, Music Director
Text by the composer, trans. Edward J. Vodoklys, S.J. (Latin)
SATB
Score
Populus qui ambulabat in tenebris
/ The People Who Walked in Darkness Have Seen a Great Light
(2000) 3 min (for Advent, general use)
Commissioned and Premiered (Easter Sunday 2000) by First Church in Cambridge, Congregational
Peter Sykes, Music Director
Text: Isaiah 9: 2, 6, Biblia Sacra Vulgata translation (Latin)
SATB or SATB, Oboe, Trumpet in C, Violin I & II, Viola, Cello, and Bass

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Prayer for Peace (2005) 4 min Commissioned and Premiered (25 May 2005) by Tapestry (Cristi Catt, Laurie Monahan, Daniela Tosic), First Church in Cambridge
As supplemental music for new staging of Hildegard von Bingen's Ordo
Text: Psalm 148
SSAA

Psalm 4, Answer When I Cry (2013) Premiered (13 January 2013) at Night Song (Daryl Bichel, Artistic Director) by Beneficia lucis (Jay Lane, Director)
First Church in Cambridge, Congregational
Text: Psalter, The Book of Common Prayer (English)
SATB
Score
Psalm 16, You Are My Portion and My Cup (2013) Dedicated to Carson Cooman
Text: Psalter, The Book of Common Prayer (English)
SSATB
Score
Psalm 17, Keep Me As the Apple of Your Eye (2016) Part of Birds of the Psalms
Text: Psalter, The Book of Common Prayer (English)
SATBB
Score
Psalm 22, Mary's Lament (2014) MP3 Dedicated to Tapestry
Text: Psalter, The Book of Common Prayer (English), St. Benedict: Vigils
SSMzA
Score
Psalm 23, You Are My Shepherd (2014) Dedicated to Vermillion
Text: Psalter, The Book of Common Prayer (English)
SATB
Score
Psalm 25, To You I Lift Up My Soul (2012) MP3 Commissioned and Premiered (1 October 2012) by The Harvard University Choral Fellows; Carson Cooman, Director
Text: Psalter, The Book of Common Prayer (English)
SSATB
Score
Psalm 27, You Are My Light and My Salvation (2013) MP3 Premiered (21 April 2013) at Night Song (Daryl Bichel, Artistic Director)
First Church in Cambridge, Congregational
Text: Psalter, The Book of Common Prayer (English)
3 Solo Soprano & SSSA or Two Choirs (SSA & SSSA)
Score
Psalm 31, In You Have I Taken Refuge (2013) MP3 Premiered (27 January 2013) at Night Song (Daryl Bichel, Artistic Director) by Angeli te Custodiant
First Church in Cambridge, Congregational
Text: Psalter, The Book of Common Prayer (English)
SSATB
Score
Psalm 36, How Priceless is Your Love (2016) Part of Birds of the Psalms
Text: Psalter, The Book of Common Prayer (English)
SATTBB
Score
Psalm 40 and Rumi (2016) MP3 Text: Rumi
Psalter, The Book of Common Prayer (English)
SSSA
Score
Psalm 55, Wings Like a Dove (2016) Part of Birds of the Psalms
Text: Psalter, The Book of Common Prayer (English)
SSSA / SSAA
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Psalm 57, In te confidit anima mea / I Have Taken Refuge in You (2016) Part of Birds of the Psalms
Text: The Biblia Sacra Vulgata
TBB
Score
Psalm 61, I Will Dwell in Your House Forever (2016) Part of Birds of the Psalms
Text: Psalter, The Book of Common Prayer (English)
SSA
Score
Psalm 63, I Seek You (2016) Part of Birds of the Psalms
Text: Psalter, The Book of Common Prayer (English)
SSATB
Score
Psalm 91, You Are My Refuge and My Stronghold (2016) Part of Birds of the Psalms
Text: Psalter, The Book of Common Prayer (English)
SSAATTBB
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Psalm 91, Beauty Flew to Me (2016) Part of Birds of the Psalms
Text: Psalter, The Book of Common Prayer (English)
SSAATBB
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Psalm 104, Birds of the Air (2016) Part of Birds of the Psalms
Text: Psalter, The Book of Common Prayer (English)
SSAATTBB
Score
Psalm 107, We Give Thanks to You (2013) MP3 Premiered (24 November 2013) at Night Song (Daryl Bichel, Artistic Director) by Viriditas (Cristi Catt, Director)
First Church in Cambridge, Congregational
Text: Psalter, The Book of Common Prayer (English)
SSSA with Optional Soloists
Score
Psalm 108, Wake Up, My Spirit (2013) Premiered (21 May 2013) by First Church in Cambridge, Congregational
Peter Sykes, Music Director
Text: Psalter, The Book of Common Prayer (English)
SATB
Score
Psalm 114, When Israel came out of Egypt (2014) Dedicated to Carson Cooman
Text: Psalter, The Book of Common Prayer (English)
SSAATB
Score
Psalm 130, De profundis/Out of the depths (2015) Premiered (22 March 2015) at St. Stephen's Church in Providence, RI (James Busby, Organist and Choirmaster)
Text: Latin from the Vulgate, with the English text of the Book of Psalms from Challoner's revision of the Douay translation
SSATB
Score
Psalm 134, Behold Now, Bless God (2013) Premiered (3 February 2013) at Night Song (Daryl Bichel, Artistic Director) by Canticum verspertinum
First Church in Cambridge, Congregational
Text: Psalter, The Book of Common Prayer (English)
SATB
Score
Psalm 147, You lift up Jerusalem (2014) Dedicated to Angelus, Dana Taylor, Director
Text: From the Hebrew, Transliteration by Alan J . Green
SSAA
Score
Psalm 148, Creeping Things and Winged Birds (2016) Part of Birds of the Psalms
Text: Psalter, The Book of Common Prayer (English)
SSATBB
Score
Requies aeterna donata est / Eternal Rest is Granted (1996) 4.5 min (for All Saints Day, memorial services)
Commissioned and Premiered (24 November 1996) by First Church in Cambridge, Congregational
Peter Sykes, Music Director
Text by the composer, trans. Edward J. Vodoklys, S.J. (Latin)
SATB
Score
Si linguis (2007) 3 min Commissioned by Mannerquartett Schnittpunktvokal (Austria)
Text: 1 Corinthians 13, Biblia Sacra Vulgata translation (Latin)
Solo Soprano & CtTTB

Sparrow, sparrow, of the evening (2006) 2.5 min MP3 (for general use, memorial service and child baptism)
Commissioned and Premiered (19 November 2006) by First Church in Cambridge, Congregational
Peter Sykes, Music Director
Text by the composer (English)
SSSAATB
Score
Temple of Nature (2011) 5 min
The Voice of the Tenth Muse (1998) 39 min Commissioned and Premiered (15 November 1998), by Coro Allegro
David Hodgkins, Director, soprano Ruth Cunningham
Text by Sappho (Old Greek and English)
  1. So I pray (Greek)
  2. Come to me from Krete (Greek)
  3. I urge you (Greek)
  4. Now she stands among Lydian women (English)
  5. To me it seems that man has the fortune of the gods (Greek)
  6. Some say an army of horsemen (English)
  7. On the throne of many hues, Immortal Aphrodite (English)
  8. So I pray (Reprise) (Greek)
  9. Many crowns of violets, roses and crocuses (Greek)
Solo Soprano & SSAATTBB
Score
You Hear My Cry / Domine exaudis orationem meam (2003) 5 min
Solo Soprano & SSAATBB
Score
Your Beauty Unfurled (2007) 4.5 min Commissioned by Stefan Schweiger and Kultur.Raum.Kirche (Austria)
Text by the composer (English)
SSATB

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