Music

Here, you will find both my published compositions and those which I have released into the commons.

Published Music

All of my published music is available through CanticaNOVA Publications of Charles Town, WV. With a motto of "Traditional music for the Contemporary Church," CanticaNOVA supports contemporary composers who write music in a traditional style, inspired by (and often using) the traditional chant and polyphony of the Church. I highly encourage you to support their site—and no, I don't get kickbacks!

Music in the Commons

One valuable lesson I learned from the Church Music Association of America is that most liturgical music should be freely available for the entire Church to use. For composers like me, who rely at least in part on their compositions to make a living, this isn't always possible. However, through the support of generous patrons and benefactors, some of my music is available for free (and I'm writing more of it all the time!). All of the music below is free to use, although I'd appreciate hearing about when you use it. If you would like to commission a work or simply donate toward the cause of newly-composed sacred music, you can donate securely via PayPal using the button below. (14398 total downloads so far!)

Chorister's Prayer (2010) - score (903 downloads) - accompaniment (878 downloads)

extramissal prayer (unison, opt. organ)

This well-known prayer was set to music, in chant and neo-baroque styles, to be sung at a summer children's choir camp in Charles Town, WV.

Christ is born this blessed day (2010) - score (887 downloads)

carol/hymn (SATB)

I wrote this carol to go in my 2010 Christmas cards, a là Albert Burt. It was first performed as a prelude to Midnight Mass in the Extraordinary Form (celebrated by the Canons Regular of the New Jerusalem).

Funeral Hymns (2011) - score (1053 downloads)

propers, hymns (SATB)

These hymn texts were written as paraphrases of the traditional propers for the Funeral Mass and set to common hymn tunes. The first three pages are the originals, followed by an alternate version of the Song of Farewell using female pronouns and another alternate using a different tune (both of which were requested by CMAA Forum members).

Mass of St. Catherine of Alexandria (2009) - score (926 downloads)

parody mass (unison, organ)

This Mass was written to be a transition piece for the new English translation of the Third Edition of the Roman Missal. It sets the new translation of the Ordinary of the Mass to common hymn tunes (i.e., Southwell, Grosser Gott, Sweet Sacrament, Aurelia, and Heinlein) so that the congregation can concentrate on the new words.

O sacrum convivium (2011) - score (920 downloads)

antiphon, motet, canon (3vv)

A canon for three voices, this was written for the Adult Choir at St. Mary Catholic Church in Hagerstown, MD. With a range of C-C', it works equally well for any combination of three voices (SSA, TTB, SAB, SSS, etc.). Each phrase has eight bars, but the syllables constantly cross barlines, lending to a truly polyphonic texture where the metrical divisions are nicely blurred.

Priusquam te formarem (2010/11) - score (875 downloads) - doxology (838 downloads) - audio (736 downloads)

gradual for the Nativity of St. John the Baptist, motet (SATB)

This piece was written for the birth of my niece. If it is used as a motet, there is an optional doxology ("Gloria Patri...") that is not part of the original gradual, but extends the piece to a more practical length. The recording was made at the 2011 CMAA Commoquium XXI, courtesy of Ryan Murphy. Since then, at the advice of maestro Wilko Brouwers, I have decreased the tempo considerably.

Psalm 68 ["Sing to God, O Kingdoms of the Earth"] (2009) - score (975 downloads)

responsorial psalm (unison, organ, descant)

This psalm, along with Psalm 144, were written for a friend of mine to sing at her parish and cathedral out in the midwest. They could easily function as standalone antiphons, as well, outside of the interlectionary setting. This psalm draws thematic material from the chant "Veni Creator Spiritus."

Psalm 144 ["Blessed be the Lord, my Rock"] (2009) - score (1027 downloads)

responsorial psalm (unison, organ)

This psalm, along with Psalm 68, were written for a friend of mine to sing at her parish and cathedral out in the midwest. They could easily function as standalone antiphons, as well, outside of the interlectionary setting.

Thy Church in Expectation Now (2009) - score (888 downloads)

carol/hymn (SATB)

I wrote this carol to go in my 2009 Christmas cards, a là Albert Burt. Its verses are paraphrases of the "O Antiphons," and it was meant to add another selection to the sparse repertoire of Advent hymns.

Tota pulchra es (2009) - score (860 downloads)

antiphon, motet (2vv)

This was written for a first Mass of Fr. James DeViese on the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, September 8, 2009.

Wedding Psalm ["The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord"] (2009) - score (1428 downloads)

responsorial psalm (unison, opt. SAB, organ)

I wrote this as the responsorial psalm for my brother's wedding. The melody is based on the gradual for the Nuptial Mass, "Uxor tua."

Wedding Psalm & Acclamation ["I will bless the Lord at all times"] (2009) - score (1184 downloads)

responsorial psalm and gospel acclamation (unison, opt. SATB, organ, opt. violin or C instrument)

I wrote this as the responsorial psalm for my sister-in-law's sister's wedding (that's a mouthful, isn't it?). The melody for the psalm response and the gospel acclamation is the same, and the verses for both use a harmonized setting of the Gregorian psalm tone for Mode V.