|J.W. Pepper MyScore|
So much catching up to do... To start, I'll note J.W. Pepper MyScore now has many of my works available. This includes "Sweetest Music: Three Shaker Settings," which Project:Encore endorsed last year. Also "The Kingdom of God," which premieres next month in Washington when the Common Lectionary features the Mustard Seed lesson. It arranges a great song by Austen Lovelace as a choir anthem. Secular pieces include the extended "A Few Plain Hints: William Walker's Words for Singers," which a New York high school recently performed and my edition of Billings' "Modern Musick," featured at the 2017 Southern Invitational Choral Conference in Mississippi. I should also mention a reprise of my Laudamus Te solo by mezzo Solmaaz Adeli in California this spring. All of which proves my music gets around even if I have stuck close to home lately!
|Launch of HMM Editions and Other News (not HMS Pinafore) |
As a new concert season and school year begin, I’m teeming with a lot of news, to borrow from Gilbert & Sullivan. J.W. Pepper’s MyScore now offers several pieces from early America and Renaissance Europe that I have edited. They include Caurroy and Billings and there are more of these practical HMM Editions in the works, including Read, Salazar, Monte & Sweelinck. “What Wondrous Love Is This” for SATB just premiered and an SSAA arrangement of “Brethren, We Have Met To Worship” is another imminent addition to my settings of shape-note hymns. “Come Now & Celebrate” is a new, original holiday song for SATB and piano that will premiere in concert in Washington, D.C. in December and is also scheduled for performances in Reading & Hamburg, PA. It is on the Navona Records CD, “Dashing,” along with “Behold That Star,” for solo baritone, SATB choir & organ. Navona also plans to release the CD “Cadence,” again with The Stanberry Singers, featuring American poetry and my “Remembering All: Five Sandburg Poems” for SATB a cappella. Recently revised for this recording they are fitting for 2017, the 50th anniversary of Sandburg’s death. Three Latin Prayers continue to receive performances and are reformatted in a more convenient octavo edition. I’m looking forward to singing the Dona Nobis Pacem from this set with the ensemble Musikanten on tour in Poland and Germany, including service on the September 11 anniversary. And thanks to the good folks at J.W. Pepper, all of these pieces and more are available as printed music or if you prefer as an electronic file. There's more new work coming, but that's enough for now. Stay tuned, and not just for cheerful facts about the square of the hypotenuse!