|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!
|Overdue Update |
Lots of projects, Facebook postings and other updates in the last 12 months, but I'm only now writing a new website article. Here's a quick run-down. PARMA Records is recording seven pieces in March for release on two CD's. Their holiday compilation is due out in Fall 2016 and a collection with American poetry in 2017. These include "Come Now and Celebrate" for chorus & piano and revised editions of my Sandburg Poems, first published and recorded 20 years ago. Meanwhile, Composers Choir released the Undiscovered Choral Gems CD with "Ecumenical Meditation" in 2015 and I created several virtual albums available on CD Baby. "Come Away to the Skies," accepted recently by Project Encore, got several more performances and led to a new commission for an American folk hymn setting; stay tuned for details. The two love ballads I arranged for middle school chorus and piano are now available via J.W. Pepper's My Score, joined by more pieces every month. Christmas Eve saw the premiere of my arrangement of the lovely "Mary's Soliloquy" by Lucy Vessey, arranged for solo mezzo and choir. Canada and Kansas recently saw their first performances of my music. My new SATB a cappella setting of John 13, "A New Commandment," echoes my beloved "Peace Be With You" and both will soon be available in printed octavos at My Score. Finally, I have edited several older pieces, including Philippe de Monte's Missa Inclina Cor Meum, which Musikanten just performed at First Night Alexandria and will take on tour to Germany and Poland. This and other HMM Editions (Sweelinck, Du Caurroy, H. Parker, A. Beach) are also being prepared for distribution by J.W. Pepper. And I promise to post more updates in the future!