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INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC
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Advent (1997) 15 min (for Advent)
Commissioned and Premiered (December 1997) by First Church in Cambridge, Congregational
Peter Sykes, Music Director
Text by the composer, trans. Edward J. Vodoklys, S.J. (Latin)
  1. Prelude: Inter decem milia dolorum et gaudiorum volventium MP3
  2. Statim vero
  3. Per arcum apertum illa frigida nocte MP3
  4. Nives tenues in nostris vultibus fulgent MP3
SSAATBB & String Orchestra
Score
Parts
Air for Flugelhorn and Organ (1998) MP3 Commissioned and Premiered at First Church in Cambridge, Congregational by Robinson Pyle and Peter Sykes
For the installation of David Grishaw-Jones
Flugelhorn or Trumpet & Organ
Score
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
Amor meus tibi ex sepulcro vacuo effundit / My Love Flows from the Tomb, Like Song (2001) (For Easter)
Commissioned and Premiered by First Church in Cambridge, Congregational
Peter Sykes, Music Director
Text by the composer, trans. Edward J. Vodoklys, S.J. (Latin)
SA, Oboe or Trumpet, & organ
Score
Ben Franklin Dances (Three) see below under Three Ben Franklin Dances
Bird of the Golden Circle (1985) 15 min Premiered (April 1987) in the dance "Place of Ambush"; Beth Soll, Choreographer, Chicago, New York, Boston String Orchestra
Character Sketch (1985) 16 min Premiered (April 1986) in a dance by Beth Soll, Choreographer, Paris, France String Orchestra
Doxology Cantata (2011) 14 min MP3 Commissioned and Premiered by First Church in Cambridge, Congregational
Peter Sykes, Music Director
In honor of the 375th Anniversary of First Church in Cambridge
SSAATB, Strings, Trumpet, & Oboe
Score
Chorus
The Erminia (1997) 15 min (for general use, memorial services)
Commissioned and Premiered (4 April 1999) by First Church in Cambridge, Congregational
Peter Sykes, Music Director
Text from Jerusalem Delivered by Torquato Tasso (Italian), trans. Ralph Nash (English)
  1. e in lui verso de'inessicabil vena MP3
  2. "Misera!" MP3
  3. "Ma che?" MP3
  4. "Raccogli tu l'amina mia segauce" MP3
  5. Sente la donna il cavalier che geme MP3
Solo Soprano & Harpsichord

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Evensong (1991) 36 min Premiered (7 March 1992) at Lindsay Chapel, Emmanuel Church, Boston
Scott Metcalfe, Director and Baroque violin; Heather Knutson, soprano; Rob Dobson, Richard Duguay, Daniel McCabe and Art Rawding, Tenors; Owen Watkins, Baroque oboe; Shira Kammen, violle, and Janet Haas, Carol Lewis, Lynn Tetenbaum and Emily Walhout, violas da gamba
Text by the composer, trans. Richard Schenk, O.P. and Marianne Schlosser (Latin)
  1. Kyrios eleemon
  2. tu nos numquam reliquisti
  3. Divisum cor meum quod multa turpia inhabitant
  4. Benedicas amicis nostris benevolentiam tuam relucentibus
  5. In confinio maris clamavi ad te
  6. Elaboration on In confinio MP3
  7. Conquiescamus post contentionem placato corde MP3
  8. Altissima MP3
  9. Amen MP3
Solo Soprano, 4 Tenors, Baroque Oboe, Vielle, Baroque Violin, & 5 Violas da gamba
Or Solo Soprano, 4 Tenors, Oboe, & Organ (Score)

Score

Four Violin Studies (2010) 6 min Premiered (18 March 2016, Boston) by Robert Simonds
  1. Semplicimente
  2. Scherzando MP3
  3. Cantabile MP3
  4. Vivace MP3
Solo Violin
Score
Five Meditations (1993) 28 min Text by the composer, trans. Edward J. Vodoklys, S.J. (Latin)
  1. Atque cum in frigas apothecas introimus
  2. Quando ad primam lucen oculos nostros aperiamus
  3. Tu per foras me magnas perducis
  4. Cor meum est templum sacrum (from 1993)
  5. Cum securus in silentio sum
  6. Amen
SSAATTBB, Baroque or Modern Oboe, Violas da gamba, & Symphonia or Organ

Excerpts from an Untitled Work for Guitar and Orchestra (1987) 15 min Premiered (1 June 1988) by Boston Ballet; Monica Levy, Choreographer
Spoleto Festival, Spoleto Festival Orchestra, Stanley Sussman, Conductor, Charleston, SC
Guitar, Oboe, Horns in F, & String Orchestra

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The Gulf (1985) 10 min Premiered (June 1985) in a dance by Beth Soll, Choreographer at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival Celeste & String Orchestra
In the very air I breathe (2006) 3 min Premiered (April 2007) by Rebecca Strauss, viola, and the Riverview Chamber Players String Quartet Score
Parts
Joy flows down like radiant moon (2006) 2.5 min Premiered (April 2007) by Rebecca Strauss, viola, and the Riverview Chamber Players String Quartet Score
Parts
Lake Desire (1985) 6 min
String orchestra

Lullaby (2006) 3 min Commissioned by Anonymous
Premiered (11 November 2006) by Laurie Monahan, Kalamazoo, MI
Text by the composer (English)
Mezzo-Soprano & Cello or Harp

Score

Magnificat (1996) 6 min MP3 (for Advent and Christmas)
Commissioned and Premiered (22 December 1996) by First Church in Cambridge, Congregational
Peter Sykes, Music Director
Text: Luke 1:45-55, Biblia Sacra Vulgata translation (Latin)
SSA & Organ
Score
May We Live in Peace (2003) Commissioned by the American Composers Forum Boston and The Boston Landmarks Orchestra in Collaboration with The City of Boston Parks and recreation ParkARTS Program in the Emerald Necklace Commissioning Project, to honor Franklin Park
Premiered (16 August 2003) by The Boston Landmarks Orchestra; Charles Ansbacher, Conductor
SSS, Flute, 2 Oboes, 2 Horns in F, Timpani, & String Orchestra
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
O magna res / O Greatness (1998) Commissioned and Premiered (18 April 1998) by the Heidelberg New Music Festival
Text by Hildegard von Bingen (Latin)
Solo Tenor or Soprano, Flute, Clarinet, Guitar, & Viola
Score
O Red Sox Forever and Ever / O Rosae Soleae, semper ad aeternum (2002) 15 min Commissioned and Premiered (8 September 2001) by Susan Sheriff Neubauer, soprano, Benjamin Neubauer, viola, and Perry King Neubauer, cello and recorder, private residence, Cambridge, MA
Text by the composer (English)
  1. O Red Sox forever and ever
  2. Ah! An error! A slip in the great dance!
  3. Exquisite crumbling ruin, Fenway Park
  4. And what of that huge player who willingly donned pinstripers?
  5. O Red Sox forever and ever, beyond players, beyond top brass
Solo Soprano, Viola, Cello, & Recorder
Score
O Red Sox Forever and Ever / O Rosae Soleae, semper ad aeternum (2008 Edition) (2008) 15 min Premiered (January 2008) by the Riverview Chamber Players, Rebecca Strauss, Artistic Director; and Susan Wilson, Narrator, at King’s Chapel, Boston, MA
Text by the composer (English)
  1. O Red Sox forever and ever MP3
  2. Ah! An error! A slip in the great dance! MP3
  3. Exquisite crumbling ruin, Fenway Park MP3
  4. And what of that huge player who willingly donned pinstripers? MP3
  5. O Red Sox forever and ever, beyond players, beyond top brass MP3
Strings & Narrator
Score
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 & Optional Organ
Score
Pastoral Suite (Seven Prayers) for Organ (2006) 30 min Premiered at First Church in Cambridge, Congregational
In honor of Peter Sykes' 20th Anniversary as Music Director
  1. In your presence is fulness of joy
  2. You lead me beside the still waters
  3. From the farthest heavens
  4. Amen for III
  5. As the morning dawns
  6. Our life, our sweetness and our hope
  7. You have put into my heart a marvelous love
Solo Organ
Score
The Phoenix / De ave phoenice (2002) 42 min Commissioned by the Boston Athenaeum
To commemorate their reopening after renovations
Premiered (27 November 2002) by Ellen Hargis, soprano; Sanford Sylvan, baritone; Peter Sykes, harpsichord, Julianne Verret, oboe/English horn, Jane Harrison, oboe/English horn; Anne Black, violin/viola, and Emily Walhout, cello
Text by Carmen Lactantius (Latin), trans. Sister Mary Francis McDonald, O.P. (English)
  1. The grove of the sun MP3
  2. The fountain and the bird MP3
  3. Cello Solo MP3
  4. Indescribable notes by day and night MP3
  5. The flight to this world where death holds sway MP3
  6. Building the sepulchre and the death of the phoenix MP3
  7. Rebirth MP3
  8. Instrumental MP3
  9. She sips the ambrosial dew and hastens to the city of the sun MP3
  10. Egypt marvels MP3
  11. She returns to her proper habitat MP3
  12. O bird of happy lot and purpose MP3
Solo Soprano, Solo Baritone, Harpsichord, 2 Oboes, Enbglish Horn, Violin, Viola, & Cello
Score
Parts
Place of Ambush (1987) 45 min Commissioned for choreographer Beth Soll's 10th Anniversary Concert
Premiered April 1987, Chicago, New York City, and Boston, MA
Solo Soprano & String Orchestra

Psalm 29 - Ascribe to God Glory (Organ Version) (2014) Text: Psalter, The Book of Common Prayer (English) Organ Score
Psalm 67 - God of Blessing (2013) Premiered (19 May 2013) by First Church in Cambridge, Congregational
Peter Sykes, Music Director
Text: Psalter, The Book of Common Prayer (English)
SSAATB & Organ
Score
Reaping (1987) 7 min Premiered (Fall 1988) in the dance "Hands of Wind"; Monica Levy, Choreographer, Transition Dance Company of London Solo Violin, 4 Mandolins & String Orchestra
The Red Skirt (1985) 14 min Premiered (Fall 1988) in the dance "Hands of Wind"; Monica Levy, Choreographer, Transition Dance Company of London String Orchestra
Red Sox Forever and Ever, O see above under O Red Sox Forever and Ever
Requiem (2004) 36 min Commissioned and Premiered (31 October 2004) by Coro Allegro; David Hodgkins, Director, Sanford Sylvan, baritone, Church of the Covenant, Boston
In memory of Julie Ince Thompson
Text: The Mass (Latin), one additional text by the composer (English)
  1. Introit MP3 Parts
  2. Kyrie MP3 Parts
  3. Domine MP3 Parts
  4. Sanctus and Hosanna MP3 Parts
  5. Pie Jesu and Agnus Dei MP3 Parts
  6. Lux aeterna MP3 Parts
  7. Libera me/The Comforter MP3 Parts
  8. In Paradisum MP3 Parts
Solo Baritone, SSAATTBB, Solo Oboe, & String Orchestra
Score
Chorus
Parts
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
Sea Shanty (2005) 3.5 min Commissioned by Jimmy Bastille, wooden boatmaker, in exchange for fixing a door
"I'm a dirty old man on the sparkling blue sea, and over the prow of my dory I pee"
Text by the composer (English)
Voices and Fiddle (Violin)

Still Falls the Rain (1991) 36 min Commissioned by Boston Ballet for the ballet "The Wild Swans," Jill E. Bahr, choreographer, Jonathan McPhee, conductor Orchestra Score
Spiritus laetitiae (2000) 9 min (for Pentecost)
Commissioned and Premiered (Easter 2000) by First Church in Cambridge, Congregational
Peter Sykes, Music Director
Text by the composer, trans. David Petrain (Latin)
  1. Spiritus laetitiae
  2. Consolator, commiserator
  3. Spiritus summi amoris
SATB, Oboe, Trumpet in C, 2 Violins, Viola, Cello, and Bass

Thanksgiving Music (1987) 6 min
Premiered (4 March 1994) in the dance "Zerkolo"; Beth Soll, Choreographer, Festival on the Volga, Russia Solo Soprano, Mandolin, & String Orchestra

Three Ben Franklin Dances (2003) 9.5 min MP3 Commissioned by the American Composers Forum Boston and The Boston Landmarks Orchestra in Collaboration with The City of Boston Parks and recreation ParkARTS Program in the Emerald Necklace Commissioning Project, to honor Franklin Park
Premiered (16 August 2003) by The Boston Landmarks Orchestra; Charles Ansbacher, Conductor
  1. Allegro
  2. Adagio
  3. Presto
Orchestra
Score
Tu Risa / Your Laughter (1996) 12 min Premiered (12 October 1999) by Ellen Hargis, soprano, and Peter Sykes, harpsichord, Kings Chapel, Boston
Text by Pablo Neruda (Spanish)
Solo Voice & Harpsichord or Piano
Soprano
Alto
Tenor
Bass
Viola Transcriptions
Visions of Revelation (2010) 16 min Commissioned by Carson Cooman Solo Organ

Score

You Hear My Cry / Domine exaudis orationem meam (2003) 5 min Transcription for Viola Commissioned and Premiered (Spring 2004) by Rebecca Strauss
for the multi-media production Soul Servivor
8 Violas

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