Lord, Whose Love in Humble Service (Beach Spring)

Using the beautiful tune BEACH SPRING from the Sacred Harp, this Festive Hymn Setting was commissioned by Frank Brownstead, music director of Our Lady of the Angels cathedral in Los Angeles.

 

Shepherd’s Lot, The

A companion piece to Schubert’s Shepherd on the Rock, this set of three songs (with an Intermezzo for piano) uses poems by William Blake: 1. The Shepherd, 2. Love’s Secret, (3. Intermezzo,) 4. Spring. Commissioned for the European Concert Trio by Harald Gibson, ECT gave the first three performances in February 2016.

 

Te Deum

This setting of the ancient prayer of praise and thanksgiving was commissioned and premiered by the combined choruses of Loyola Marymount University with orchestra, Dr. Mary Breden conductor. It is in seven contrasting but related movements. “Beautiful sounds, elegant and masterfully crafted. Worthy addition to religious canon. Bravo and congratulations!” – Rodney Punt, The Huffington […]

 

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March 10, 2017

Gibson at ACDA Convention, Minneapolis

St. Olaf at ACDA

Gibson’s Noel, Noel, Noel was included in St. Olaf College’s two performances, March 10-11, in Orchestra Hall, as part of the American Choral Directors Association National Conference in Minneapolis. Mark Stover conducted the Viking Chorus.

December 11, 2016

Carnegie Hall Debut

carnegie_hall_flag125.jpg The superb singers of the National Children’s Chorus, conducted by Luke McEndarfer, performed Dona nobis pacem/Grant Us Peace as part of their Carnegie Hall concert devoted to Peace. The program was repeated the following Saturday, December 17, at L.A.’s Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels.

December 1, 2016

“Noel, Noel, Noel” at St. Olaf College

st-olaf-christmas-viking125.jpg The male voices of St. Olaf College’s Viking Chorus, conducted by Mark Stover, performed Noel, Noel, Noel, as part of the St. Olaf Christmas Festival, one of the oldest Christmas celebrations in the U.S., on December 1-4. Recordings of the festival are available here. Listen to the MPR broadcast.

August 21, 2016

Song Sets at unSUNg

StMarkGlendale.JPGThe final concert of 2016’s unSUNg series at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Glendale included my first and latest song sets.
Four extraordinary musicians – tenor Charles Lane; Paul Sherman, oboe; Melinda Rice, viola; and Roger Lebow, cello – opened the concert with Two Songs on Chinese Love Poems (c. 1977).
To close, prize-winning pianist Robert Thies joined two members of the prize-winning European Concert Trio (Harriet Fraser, soprano; Amanda Walker, clarinet) to reprise my recent William Blake settings, The Shepherd’s Lot, a companion piece to Schubert’s “Shepherd on the Rock.”

May 15, 2016

Salve Regina, Zephyr Reunion

Virgin Mary.jpgAs part of Dr. Sally Etcheto’s celebratory retirement recital, a reunion of former members of Zephyr: Voices Unbound sang Gibson’s chant-based Salve Regina, which was composed for Zephyr’s Mission Music CD. This FREE concert was presented in the Music Building of California State University, Dominguez Hills on May 15.

February 19, 2016

World Premiere: “The Shepherd’s Lot”

EuropConcTrio-150.jpg The award-winning ensemble European Concert Trio (Amanda Walker, clarinet; Harriet Fraser, soprano; Irina Bazik, piano) gave the three premiere performances of Gibson’s The Shepherd’s Lot, a companion piece to Schubert’s Shepherd on the Rock, on Feb. 19-21 in Encinitas, Torrance, and Beverly Hills.

February 15, 2016

Gibson Choral Playlist on YouTube

TeDeum-Sun3.jpgI have recently created a YouTube playlist exclusively for my choral music. It will be growing steadliy as I add more score-videos to the site. Click here to explore: Choral Music by Paul Gibson

December 13, 2015

LA Master Chorale Performs “Rejoice the Lord Alway”

trumpets_120.jpgArtistic Director Grant Gershon and the Los Angeles Master Chorale beautifully performed my 8-voice expansion of the Renaissance motet Rejoice in the Lord Alway, using SATB choir and brass quartet, as part of their Christmas concert this season. Hear the double choir version.

May 8, 2015

TCDA Selects “Noel, Noel, Noel”

Gibson: Noel, Noel, Noel The Texas Choral Directors Association has selected Paul Gibson’s Noel, Noel, Noel (four-part men’s chorus, English horn) in the category of High School; Holiday. The recent ECS release can be previewed here.

May 4, 2015

Debussy Trio Records Ternion Sonata No. 1

SOKA-interior_294.jpg On Monday, May 4, the Debussy Trio recorded Gibson’s Ternion Sonata No. 1 at the Performing Arts Center of Soka University. The three contrasting movements are entitled: 1. “Forgetting the Words,” 2. “So sad, so strange the times that are no more,” 3. “DT Variations in a Tasty Rondo Shell.”

May 1, 2015

“Te Deum” World Premiere

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Dr. Mary C. Breden led the combined choruses of Loyola Marymount University with professional orchestra in the world premiere of Paul Gibson’s Te Deum on May 1, 2015, in Sacred Heart Chapel at the Jesuit school. Watch the score and hear the premiere on YouTube.

April 21, 2015

New Christmas Releases for Men’s Chorus

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ECS has recently released two settings of old Christmas texts for TTBB chorus and English horn. You can explore them at Canticle Distributing, where you can hear recordings of them both:

September 19, 2014

Ternion Sonata No. 1 – Morrison Center for the Performing Arts

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The Debussy Trio performed Gibson’s Ternion Sonata No. 1 at the Morrison Center, Idaho’s Premier Performing Arts Center, at Boise State University.

December 14, 2013

New York, Los Angeles: “Dona nobis pacem”

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As part of their Jubilate celebrations, the National Children’s Chorus performed Gibson’s Dona nobis pacem/Grant Us peace at the Church of St. Paul the Apostle in New York on December 14, and at the Broad Theatre in Santa Monica on December 21, led by Artistic Director Luke McEndarfer.

November 17, 2013

English Horn Quintet in Read-Through

Wilfred OwenInspired by the poem “Asleep” by Wilfred Owen, Gibson’s He Sleeps Less Tremulous: A Lament for English horn and string quartet was given a read-through on Nov. 17 by Sarah Bloxham, Tom McEvilley, Robert Matsuda, Matthew Witmer, and Roger Lebow, recorded by engineer Paul Sobosky.

November 16, 2013

“In Christ There Is No East or West”

St. Paul's, Dayton, winterMusic Director John Johns led Gibson’s setting of In Christ There Is No East or West for SATB, congregation, organ, brass and timpani for the installation of the new Rector at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Dayton, Ohio.

September 29, 2013

“May God Bless Us” at Grace First

Thumbnail image for Grace1st.jpgLed by Music Director Stan DeWitt, the choir of Grace First Presbyterian Church in Long Beach sang Gibson’s May God Bless Us on Sunday September 29 for their 9am traditional service.

June 23, 2013

Song Cycle in San Marino

AmyF.jpg Gifted mezzo-soprano Amy Fogerson presented a program of L.A. composers, including Gibson’s Strong As Death, a cycle of three songs on different aspects of love. The songs are 1. “An Evening Song” (lyrics attributed to Esther Mathews), 2. “Infinite Fires” (from The Song of Songs, translated by Marcia Lee Falk), and “He Fumbles At Your Spirit” (Emily Dickinson).
Sunday, June 23, 3pm,
San Marino Community Church

June 1, 2013

“One in Faith” Celebrates Holy Family Centennial

HolyFamilyNY-4a.jpgGibson’s setting of Hyfrydol, One in Faith, was sung at the liturgy on June 1, 2013, at Holy Family in New Rochelle, NY, to celebrate 100 years of the parish’s existence.

April 27, 2013

Ternion Sonata No. 1 in N. Calif.

BankheadTheater_120.jpgThe acclaimed Debussy Trio performed Gibson’s Ternion Sonata No. 1 (flute, viola, harp) at two concerts in the Bay Area.
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Del Valle Fine Arts Series
Saturday, April 27, 2013, 8pm
Bankhead Theater (pictured)
2400 1st Street, Livermore
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Berkeley Chamber Performances
Tuesday, April 30, 2013, 8pm
Berkeley City Club
2315 Durant Avenue, Berkeley

March 3, 2013

World Premiere by Natur

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The superb Natur Early Music Ensemble gave the world premiere of Gibson’s In qual parte del ciel (“In what part of heaven”) on Sunday, March 3, as part of “Sundays at Two” at Rolling Hills United Methodist Church. The setting of Petrarch’s sonnet is scored for four women’s voices and alto recorder.

February 12, 2013

“One in Faith” for Camden Diocese Bishop

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Gibson’s setting One in Faith (hymn tune: HYFRYDOL) for chorus, brass, timpani, and organ was once again sung for the installation of a bishop: the Most Reverend Dennis J. Sullivan as the eighth bishop of the Diocese of Camden, New Jersey, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on February 12, 2013.

December 20, 2012

Grammy-winning chorus sings Gibson’s “It Fell Upon the High Midnight”

Gaudete_Phoenix.jpgConductor Charles Bruffy led his Grammy-winning Phoenix Chorale in five performances of Gibson’s It Fell Upon the High Midnight in and around Phoenix, AZ, on December 20-23, 2012. The solo cello part was taken by bassoon.

December 12, 2012

ECS releases “This Peerless Dawn”

orange-dawn_110.jpg Choral music publisher ECS has just released Gibson’s Easter anthem This Peerless Dawn, for SATB chorus and organ with optional brass quintet.

December 10, 2012

“One in Faith” for Bishop of Orange installation

BrenExterior.jpg Gibson’s setting for chorus, brass, and organ of One in Faith (hymn tune: HYFRYDOL) was sung for the installation of Bishop Kevin Vann as the fourth bishop of Orange on Monday, December 10, at the Bren Events Center at UCI.

November 22, 2012

Christmas Pieces to be Published

nativity-1.jpg ECS has recently begun editing two new Christmas pieces for SATB and flute: O Winter Winds, Be Still and Drive the Cold Winter Away. Release date tba.

November 15, 2012

New work for English horn and strings

sunrise-acacia.jpg Gibson has recently completed a quintet for English horn and string quartet entitled He Sleeps Less Tremulous: A Lament, which was inspired by a Wilfred Owen poem, Asleep.

June 13, 2012

ECS releases “Hail, O Blessed Light”

Hail O Blessed Light_139.jpg ECS Publishing officially released Paul Gibson’s joyous Christmas carol Hail, O Blessed Light at the Chorus America conference. The setting of William Austin’s text “All this night shrill chanticleer, Day’s proclaiming trumpeter, Claps his wings and loudly cries, Mortals, mortals, wake and rise!” is for SATB chorus and four-octave handbell choir. See (and hear) the piece on ECS’ website.

May 20, 2012

NCC reprises “Dona nobis pacem”

national-children-chorus.jpgThe National Children’s Chorus under Luke McEndarfer reprised Gibson’s Dona nobis pacem/Grant Us Peace at their Spring Showcase, May 20, at St. Paul the Apostle Church in Westwood. NCC will also take the piece on tour to New York in late November.

April 15, 2012

World premiere in West Virginia

deb_trio_82x78.jpgThe Debussy Trio gave the world premiere of Gibson’s Ternion Sonata No. 1 on April 15, 2012, in Lewisburg, West Virginia, at the Casasanta Loft (122 N. Court Street), presented by the Casasanta Foundation. The piece was repeated on April 16 at the Alexander Fine Arts Center of Concord University in Athens, WV.

April 13, 2012

Tennessee All-Collegiate Choir sings “Salve Regina”

Gibson’s Salve Regina was in the repertoire for the Tennessee Music Educators Association convention performance by the Tennessee All-Collegiate Choir, led by Dr. Charles R. Robinson, at the Chattanooga Convention Center on April 13, 2012.

March 30, 2012

National Children’s Chorus Sings “Dona nobis pacem”

national-children-chorus.jpgLuke McEndarfer led the National Children’s Chorus in Gibson’s Dona nobis pacem/Grant Us Peace as part of Journey of Song, Friday, March 30, at the beautiful Broad Stage in Santa Monica.

January 21, 2012

Oklahoma All-State sings “Salve Regina”

TulsaPAC150x99.jpgDr. Mark Sumner led the 200-voice Oklahoma All-State Mixed Chorus in Gibson’s Salve Regina as part of the Oklahoma Music Educators Association’s annual convention, January 21 in the Tulsa Performing Arts Center (right). (Hear the piece on YouTube).

November 10, 2011

ECS releases two choral works

spiritus_sanctus_139.jpg ECS Publishing has officially released two more of Paul Gibson’s choral works. Both pieces can be heard and seen by downloading PDFs that have the music embedded in them. The first piece – Spiritus Sanctus vivificans vita – is a setting of a hymn by Hildegard of Bingen. The second – Here Is a Soul – uses fragments of the Psalms as its text.

October 22, 2011

ACF/LA Competition Winners Concert

ThirdWheel-111.jpgOn Saturday, October 22, at the Pasadena Conservatory of Music, the American Composers Forum/Los Angeles presented the final seven compositions in this year’s composition competition. In addition to Paul Gibson’s A Little Fugue on a Whimsy (fl, cl, bsn) the program included works by Adrienne Albert, Arbel Bedack, Mitch Glickman, Garth Herberg, Robert Kotcher, and Gernot Wolfgang, all performed by Third Wheel.

October 15, 2011

Santa Barbara Mission

Santa_Barbara_mission_82.jpgBeginning in October, 2011, Music Director Roy Spicer and the Choir of St. Barbara Parish at the Old Mission Santa Barbara will release a CD of their Pre-Tour Concert, presented last October at the Mission. The repertoire, which they then performed throughout Italy, included Paul Gibson’s arrangement El Cantico del Alba.

August 6, 2011

Music at Stanford

StanfordChapel_82.jpgOn August 6, 2011, in Stanford’s Memorial Chapel, Amy Stuart Hunn led the Stanford Summer Chorus in a program that included El Cantico del Alba, Paul Gibson’s arrangement of a hymn from the California mission period.

April 24, 2011

“This Peerless Dawn” – Easter at St. Matthew’s

StMatthews_82.jpgGibson’s Easter anthem This Peerless Dawn, for SATB, brass quintet, and organ, was reprised this past Easter by Tom Neenan and his St. Matthew’s Parish Choir, Pacific Palisades.

April 10, 2011

Preview of Ternion Sonata No. 1

deb_trio_82x78.jpgThe Debussy Trio gave a private preview of Gibson’s three-movement Ternion Sonata No. 1 on Sunday, April 10, 2011, at their soirée in Pacific Palisades.

March 12, 2011

World premiere: “In Memoriam” for strings

OCHSA_violin_82x78.jpgOn Saturday, March 12, Christopher Russell led the strings of the OCHSA Orchestra in the world premiere of Gibson’s In Memoriam: Elegia-Passacaglia at the Orange County High School for the Arts.

February 13, 2011

Pro Musica performs “Salve Regina”

The Pasadena Pro Musica under Stephen Grimm performed Gibson’s Salve Regina as part of their “Alive and Well and Living in L.A.” program on Sunday February 13, 2011. See the flyer.

October 26, 2010

New VocalEssence release: Christmas CD

BeholdHeavenly_vclssnc_84.jpgPhilip Brunelle and VocalEssence have released a Christmas CD that includes Gibson’s carol It Fell Upon the High Midnight for SATB and cello. To see lyrics and order the CD, visit the Gothic catalog.

October 22, 2010

World Premiere: “DT Variations in a Tasty Rondo Shell”

The Debussy Trio will give the first performances of Gibson’s DT Variations in a Tasty Rondo Shell for the South Bay Chamber Music Society. Free admission.
October 22, 2010 – 8pm
Los Angeles Harbor College
Music Department – Recital Hall
1111 Figueroa Place
Wilmington, CA
October 24, 2010 – 3pm
Pacific Unitarian Church
5621 Montemalaga
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

October 16, 2010

Gibson’s “Salve Regina” at Capistrano Mission

ikon_82.jpg The De Angelis Vocal Ensemble present a concert entitled “Ikon” on October 16 at the Basilica of Mission San Juan Capistrano, featuring music by Tavener, Pärt, Rachmaninoff, Holst, Górecki, Penderecki, and others. The program includes Gibson’s Salve Regina.

September 12, 2010

Preview Perfomance by the Debussy Trio

The Debussy Trio gave a preview performance of Gibson’s DT Variations in a Tasty Rondo Shell on “Sundays Live,” in LACMA’s Bing Theater.

April 25, 2010

Performance at Pacific Palisades Presbyterian

Gibson’s The Love of Our Creator was performed Sunday, April 25, by the Choir of Pacific Palisades Presbyterian Church, Lenard Berglund conducting, with Pat Maki, flute, and Gary Cobb, piano.

April 17, 2010

“Dona nobis pacem” at the María Guinand Festival

Dona_red_139.jpgAs part of the LACC-hosted María Guinand Festival, the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus performed Gibson’s Dona nobis pacem/Grant Us Peace on Saturday April 17 at Pasadena Presbyterian Church.

March 9, 2010

New YouTube video – “In Memoriam: Elegia-Passacaglia”

View the new YouTube video of my recent elegy for string orchestra.

February 27, 2010

LACC Chamber Singers at S.F. Theological Seminary

The Chamber Singers of the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus sang Gibson’s Dona nobis pacem as part of a joint benefit concert with the Chorissima Ensemble of the San Francisco Girls Chorus in Stewart Chapel at San Francisco Theological Seminary.

February 21, 2010

“Dona nobis pacem” on the Broad Stage

Gibson’s Dona nobis pacem/Grant Us Peace was performed by the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus on The Broad Stage February 21 at 4pm.

November 14, 2009

LACC sings “Dona nobis pacem” at West Coast, Left Coast festival

As part of the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s West Coast, Left Coast festival, the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus performed a special concert at First Presbyterian Church of Santa Monica. The Christmas-related program featured works by contemporary California composers, including Paul Gibson. Read the LACC press release.

November 8, 2009

Premiere of “Francis Walks on Water”

Singers Viki Hilferty and Jonas Sills with pianist Jim McCarthy presented the world premiere of Paul Gibson’s sacred song Francis Walks on Water at All Saints Catholic Church in Los Angeles.

October 5, 2009

Debussy Trio release available as downloads

The Debussy Trio’s latest recording, Look Ahead (Item # 131-5012), which includes Gibson’s Ritual Dances of the Divine Trinity is now available as individual mp3 downloads. Visit Fatrock Ink to sample or purchase.

August 1, 2009

Gibson Music on YouTube

Use these YouTube links to view video slide shows set to music by Paul Gibson: In Memoriam: Elegia-PassacagliaDona nobis pacemMy Sister, My BrideSalve Regina.

June 14, 2009

LEGACY performs Gibson’s “Salve Regina”

LEGACY Vocal Ensemble presented a meditative program of Marian music in three churches around Los Angeles, each concluding with Paul Gibson’s motet Salve Regina (ECS #5330).

June 4, 2009

Music on the “Tonight Show”

On June 4, John Mayer and his Trio appeared with the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus performing “California Dreamin'” on the new Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien. The chorus sang from a chart prepared by Paul Gibson for the occasion. Link to NBC (chapter 6).

May 16, 2009

L.A. Children’s Chorus performs “Suite: Alice…”

Artistic Director Anne Tomlinson and the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus conducted Paul Gibson’s Suite: Alice Through a Looking-Glass (ECS #5871) – with a newly arranged instrumental ensemble – on their two spring concerts, May 10 and 16.

May 3, 2009

L.A. Chamber Orchestra and L.A. Children’s Chorus Present Gibson’s “Suite: Alice…”

Lucinda Carver led the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus in Paul Gibson’s Suite: Alice Through a Looking-Glass – 2pm, May 3, at the Alex Theatre, Glendale.

May 1, 2009

Los Robles Master Chorale Programs “El Cantico del Alba”

Lesley Leighton led the Los Robles Master Chorale in music of South America and Southern California, including Paul Gibson’s arrangement of the California mission song El Cantico del Alba, – May 1 and May 2, at The Church of the Epiphany in Oak Park, CA. More at LosRoblesMasterChorale.org

February 14, 2009

Gibson Music on YouTube

There are two video slide shows on YouTube set to music by Paul Gibson. Watch them here: Salve ReginaMy Sister, My Bride

January 25, 2009

Gibson Arrangement for St. Paul’s, Owossa MI

Russell M. Beaudoin led the choir and congregation of St. Paul Parish (Owosso, Michigan) in the hymn “In Christ There Is No East or West” – using brass parts by Paul Gibson – in celebration of the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul.

December 6, 2008

Gibson’s “It Fell Upon the High Midnight” at LMU

Mary Breden and her Consort Singers of Loyola Marymount University presented the West Coast premiere of Paul Gibson’s prize-winning carol It Fell Upon the High Midnight (ECS #6728) on Dec 4 and 6.

September 13, 2008

Song Premiere: “The Bell of Brother Francis”

On September 13, soprano Viki Hilferty, tenor Jon Lee Keenan, and organist Jim McCarthy gave the first performance of Gibson’s The Bell of Brother Francis, celebrating St. Francis de Paolo; Fr. Gino Vanzillotta composed the poem and commissioned the setting.

July 30, 2008

L.A. Children’s Chorus in China

The Los Angeles Children’s Chorus recently took their first-ever tour to China, just prior to the 2008 Olympic games. Performances in China’s major cities included Gibson’s Dona nobis pacem/Grant Us Peace.

June 28, 2008

“El Cantico del Alba” @ Mission San Luis Obispo

On Saturday, June 28, 2008, the New World Baroque Orchestra presented their annual Festival of the Bells at the Mission of San Luis Obispo. Conductor John Warren ended the program with Paul Gibson’s simple arrangement of El Cantico del Alba, a folk song/prayer from the mission period. Click for more information about the Festival.

June 11, 2008

ECS Releases “It Fell Upon the High Midnight”

Spring 2008 NEW ISSUE packet from ECS included Gibson’s It Fell Upon the High Midnight (6728), along with a new recording of it.

June 7, 2008

Premiere at Ambassador Auditorium

As part of the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus’ annual Spring Concert on June 7, 2008 at Ambassador Auditorium, the Intermediate Choir gave the premiere of Paul Gibson’s arrangement of the old French song L’amour de moy (for two-part chorus, oboe, and piano), conducted by Mandy Brigham who had commissioned the setting.

March 8, 2008

Gibson’s “Dona nobis pacem” at ACDA

March 4, 2008

“It Was Not Death” included in ECS’ winter releases

Paul Gibson’s setting of Emily Dickinson’s stunning poem of hopelessness has been released by E.C. Schirmer in their 2008 Winter packet. PDF of the score (including audio) is available now online.

February 28, 2008

Gibson’s “Dona nobis pacem” at ACDA

On February 28, 2008, the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus gave a well-received performance at the Western Division Convention of the American Choral Directors Association in Anaheim. LACC’s program included Paul Gibson’s Dona nobis pacem/Grant Us Peace (Alliance AMP 0638). Attendance set a record for a Western Division Convention, with nearly 1000 registered attendees.

March 19, 2007

Excerpt of Gibson’s In paradisum

Here is an excerpt of Gibson’s In paradisum – a brief contemplation of the Gregorian chant, as premiered by organist Audrey Jacobsen.