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 […]

 

Concert Music

This section features instrumental and vocal music, including sacred and secular choral works. For any inquiries, please contact Paul@PaulGibsonMusic.com


Available from the composer

Be Merry, I Pray You

SATB, French horn    [c. 2:00]

Energetic setting of old English carol text, using alternation of duple and triple time.

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Calls of the Owl, The

Violin, clarinet, cello, and harp    [c. 17:30]

This multi-movement work, played continuously, is inspired by Margaret Craven’s affecting novella about life among the Kwakiutl people in British Columbia, I Heard the Owl Call My Name.
“[Gibson’s] moving The Calls of the Owl evoked nature imagery with lyrical counterpoint and flowing ostinatos.” – Los Angeles Times

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Alliance Music Publishers - Catalog #AMP 0638

Dona nobis pacem/Grant Us Peace

SSA, unaccompanied    [c. 3:45]

Commissioned by Anne Tomlinson and the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, this virtuoso piece is rhythmic and driving in its search for peace. Chosen by Paul Salamunovich for his series on Alliance.
(Watch the YouTube video.)

[excerpt performed by the Los Angeles Children's Chorus, Anne Tomlinson, artistic director]

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ECS Publishing – Catalog # 7969

Drive the Cold Winter Away

SATB, flute    [c. 2:40]

This con brio setting matches the vigorous early 17th-century English text for a lively Christmas carol for chorus, suitable for many occasions.
Watch the score and hear the music on YouTube.

[excerpt performed by the Philovox Ensemble, Vanessa Holroyd, flute, conducted by Robert Schuneman]

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DT Variations in a Tasty Rondo Shell

flute, viola, harp    c. 4:15

This lively piece now serves as the final movement of Ternion Sonata No. 1, but is available separately, as an encore, etc.

excerpt performed by the Debussy Trio

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Available from the composer

Each Life That Touches Ours For Good

Children's voices (two-part), piano    [c. 6:00]

Composed for the Los Angeles Children’s Choir in memory of their beloved Apprentice Choir director, this simple, tender piece expresses the words of Karen Lynn Davidson in a mostly unison setting. PLEASE NOTE: This is not the same hymn that is found in the LDS hymn book.

[Excerpt performed by the Los Angeles Children's Chorus, Anne Tomlinson, director.]

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Available from the composer

El Cantico del Alba

SATB choir, unaccompanied    [c. 1:40]

Beautiful morning song from the California Missions in a very simple arrangement, from solo voice to polyphonic SATB.
Watch and listen on YouTube.





[excerpt performed by Zephyr, on A Choir of Angels II: Mission Music (Civic Records)]

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ECS Publishing – Catalog # 5181

Evening Song, An

SSA, unaccompanied    [c. 3:00]

Commissioned by Mary Breden for her high school girls’ choir, this deceptively simple folk poem about love receives a simple folk song-like setting.

[excerpt performed by Ex Indigo Singers, Tracey Linden, director]

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ECS Publishing – Score # 7696 Handbells # 7697

Hail, O Blessed Light

SATB chorus and handbells (four octaves)    [c. 2:40]

This Christmas piece, a setting of William Austin’s joyous poem, which begins “All this night shrill chanticleer, Day’s proclaiming trumpeter…,” gives the impression of rising higher and higher. Available in full score, and bells only score.
(Click on publisher link at left for score and audio previews.)

[virtual realization through Sibelius Sounds]

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ECS Publishing – Catalog # 5196

He Fumbles At Your Spirit

SATB, unaccompanied    [c. 2:00]

A straightforward, concentrated and intense setting of a powerful poem by Emily Dickinson. Musically not difficult to learn. Second of a set entitled A Heart So Touched.
(Click on publisher link at left for score and audio previews.)

[excerpt performed by Zephyr: Voices Unbound]

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Available from the composer

He Sleeps Less Tremulous: A Lament

English horn, string quartet    [c. 8:45]

This somber, expressive quintet was inspired by a Wilfred Owen poem, Asleep.

[virtual realization through Sibelius Sounds]

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ECS Publishing – Catalog #7111

Here Is a Soul

SATB, unaccompanied    [c. 2:30]

One of Gibson’s earliest choral works, this tenderly imploring prayer uses fragments from several psalms as its text. A choir accustomed to singing chant will feel the interpretation come quite naturally.
Watch and listen to the score on YouTube.

[excerpt performed by the Philovox Ensemble, conducted by Robert Schuneman]

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In Memoriam: Elegia-Passacaglia

String orchestra    [6:40]

This string piece reflects several levels and stages of profound grief. Premiered by the Orange County High School for the Arts, led by Christopher Russell.
(Watch the YouTube video based on this music.)

[virtual realization through Sibelius Sounds]

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Available from the composer

In qual parte del ciel

SSSA, alto recorder    [c. 4:00]

Composed for and premiered by Natur Early Music Ensemble, this setting of a Petrarchan love sonnet is filled with a flowing, romantic spirit, using styles from different eras.

[virtual realization through Sibelius Sounds]

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ECS Publishing – Catalog # 6233

In vino veritas

SATB, unaccompanied    [c. 3:30]

Composed for Zephyr, this light and jazzy piece sets a text of bittersweet nostalgia.
(Click on publisher link at left for score and audio previews.)

[excerpt performed by Zephyr: Voices Unbound]

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Available from the composer

In You, O Lord

SATB, tenor solo, organ, flute, cello, handbell    [c. 18:30]

Commissioned for the 40th anniversary of the Benedictine Abbey at Valyermo, this reflective and meditative piece sets a poem by Philip Edwards, OSB, along with some Latin excerpts from Psalms 47 and 86. At the premiere, the final section included liturgical dance.

[excerpt from the premiere, conducted by Frank Brownstead]

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ECS Publishing – Catalog #6728

It Fell Upon the High Midnight

SATB, cello    [c. 2:10]

Winner in the 2005 American Composers Forum/VocalEssence Christmas Carol Competition, this buoyantly rhythmic setting uses an early Christmas text (in English with Latin refrain), and was premiered by Philip Brunelle and VocalEssence. Charles Bruffy and the Grammy-winning Phoenix Chorale performed it with bassoon in the place of the cello.
(Click on publisher link at left for score and audio previews.)

[Excerpt by Philovox Ensemble, Jane Ring Frank (conductor), Rafael Popper-Keizer (cello) for ECS]

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ECS Publishing – Catalog # 6691

It Was Not Death

SATB, unaccompanied    [c. 3:10]

One of Emily Dickinson’s darkest, this poem manages to describe the experience of utter hopelessness with stunning clarity. The intense music strives to match word and meaning.

[excerpt by the Los Angeles Chamber Singers, Peter Rutenberg, director]

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Available from the composer

L’amour de moy

Treble chorus (SA), opt. oboe, piano    [c. 2:30]

L’amour de moy (English title: The Garden and the Nightingale) was commissioned for the Intermediate Choir of the L.A. Children’s Chorus, and premiered by them in June 2008 at Ambassador Auditorium in Pasadena, with Mandy Brigham conducting. Its character is light, lively, with a touch of the medieval in the setting.
Watch and listen to the score on YouTube.

[excerpt by the Los Angeles Children's Chorus, conducted by Mandy Brigham]

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Available from the composer

Laus Trinitati

SATB, unaccompanied    [c. 5:00]

Hildegard’s ecstatic praise of the Holy Trinity is mirrored in this expressive setting, built on an original chant inspired by Hildegard’s music.

[MIDI realization by Sibelius Sounds]

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Love of Our Creator, The

SATB, flute (optional), optional strings    [c. 3:15]

With a text that reflects on God’s all-inclusive love, and a melody suggesting Celtic folk song, this was commissioned by the Diocese of Orange, CA, for the installation of Bishop Tod David Brown. “Well-crafted, expressive choral writing utilizing a variety of textures. This is a small masterpiece that I wish I had written.” – Richard Proulx

[Excerpt conducted by Steve Peter with flutist Wendy Karden Bamonte; recorded at Immaculate Conception Cathedral, Portland, OR, for OCP/Trinitas.]

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ECS Publishing – Catalog # 5175

Mass For Three-Part Men’s Chorus

TBB, unaccompanied     [c. 8:00]

Composed for and premiered by Paul Salamunovich and the Loyola Marymount Men’s Chorus, this brief setting (in English) is based on a beautiful Epiphany chant and alternates moments of exhilarating power with prayerful repose.
“The Kyrie is like incense rising up to heaven.”
– Paul Salamunovich

[sample excerpted from A Mass of Life, CD-289 from G.I.A.]

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G.I.A. Publications - Catalog # G3358

May God Bless Us

SATB, unaccompanied    [c. 2:00]

This tender, flowing anthem is especially suited for moments of meditation and reflection.

[Excerpt from A Mass of Life, G.I.A. #CD-289.]

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ECS Publishing – Catalog # 5195

My Little Dove

SATB, unaccompanied    [c. 3:30]

With lyrics (in English) based on a lullaby from the Dominican Republic, this setting delves into the bittersweet feelings of a parent reflecting on the eventual departure of her child. First of the set A Heart So Touched.

[excerpt performed by Chorus Angelorum, Dominic MacAller, conductor]

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ECS Publishing – Catalog # 5197

My Sister, My Bride

SATB, unaccompanied    [c. 5:00]

A setting of Marcia Falk’s brilliant translation from the Song of Songs, this passionate, sensual choral piece was a surprise wedding gift for the composer’s wife. Third of the set A Heart So Touched.
“A most precious composition with great beauty contained in sustained lines, underpinned with tender harmonic weaving.” – Robert Kreutz
(Watch the YouTube video.)

[sample excerpted from A Mass of Life, CD-289 from G.I.A.]

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ECS Publishing – Catalog # 7876

Noel, Noel, Noel

TTBB, English horn    [c. 2:35]

A vigorous, joyful setting of a traditional English text, designed to maximize the rich sound of a men’s chorus. Selected by the Texas Choral Directors Association, performed at St. Olaf College’s Christmas Festival.
(Click on publisher link at left for score and audio previews.)

[performed by The Singers (Minneapolis, MN); Matthew Culloton, conductor; Marni Hougham, English horn]

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ECS Publishing – Catalog # 7970

O Winter Winds, Be Still

SATB, flute    [c. 2:50]

In the form of a carol, this is a reflective look back on the original Christmas night from the vantage point of a bitter winter. The text comes from the hymn “The Winter Night” (1917) by Louis Fitzgerald Benson.
Watch and listen to the score on YouTube.

[excerpt performed by the Philovox Ensemble, Vanessa Holroyd, flute, conducted by Robert Schuneman]

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G.I.A. Publications - Catalog # G-3876

Pange Lingua

SATB, unaccompanied    [c. 4:30]

This choral enhancement of the beautiful and beloved plainchant sets some verses in simple two-part writing, others in a style reminiscent of Duruflé. Charles Bruffy conducted this with both his Grammy-winning ensembles: Phoenix Chorale and Kansas City Chorale.
“Clearly chant has influenced your music in the best possible way – it simply flows.” – Milan Kaderavek, composer

[Excerpt from A Mass of Life, G.I.A. #CD-289, performed by Chorus Angelorum, Dominic MacAller conducting.]

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Available from the composer

Puer natus est

SATB, celesta (or harp or bell sound)    [c. 3:10]

A virtual lullaby (marked “Tender, with quiet joy”), this setting of the Latin Introit for Christmas Day is strophic in the style of a carol, complemented by celesta, which ends the piece with an echo of the original chant.

[excerpt realized through Sibelius Sounds]

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ECS Publishing – Catalog # 7878

Rejoice in the Lord Alway (expanded to 8 parts)

SATB, brass quartet (or organ)    c. 2:40

The widely sung 16th-century English anthem Rejoice in the Lord Alway can now be performed in double choir fashion using this setting. The first choir is the original SATB setting; the second choir can be performed by brass (or any other quartet of instruments) or simply organ. Text is included for those who actually use two separate SATB choirs.
“… breathes exciting new life into a classic Tudor anthem. Paul has ingeniously crafted four new vocal (or instrumental) lines to create a gorgeous double-choir setting of the original four-part work. This blending of ancient and new was a big hit … at Walt Disney Concert Hall!”
– Grant Gershon, Artistic Director, Los Angeles Master Chorale

[double choir version performed by the Philovox Ensemble, Robert Schuneman, director]

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Ritual Dances (of The Divine Trinity)

Flute, viola, and harp    [c. 6:10]

Commissioned, premiered, and recorded by the Debussy Trio, this highly rhythmic chamber work uses both tonal and serial techniques in contemplation of divine interplay. The Debussy Trio released their recording of this work, Look Ahead, both in CD and mp3 formats.

[Excerpt from "Look Ahead," performed by the Debussy Trio]

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ECS Publishing - Catalog # 5174

Rorate caeli

SATB, organ, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones    [c. 12:30]

Commissioned by Frank Brownstead, this setting of a rich collection of Advent and Christmas texts (in both English and Latin) begins with heraldic fanfares and concludes with explosive Alleluias for chorus and brass.

[Excerpt performed by Chorus Angelorum, Dominic MacAller, conductor]

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ECS Publishing - Catalog # 5330

Salve Regina

SATB, unaccompanied    [c. 4:15]

Latin or English. Combining the most familiar plainchant with motives from the other common chant melody, Salve Regina ranges from simple unison to soaring counterpoint, reflecting many periods of sacred music. Composed for Zephyr: Voices Unbound for their CD of California Mission Music; Salve Regina would be chanted everyday in the missions. This piece has been selected for several all-state choirs. “Music of vaulting exaltation” – Los Angeles Times
(Watch the YouTube video.)

[Excerpt from A Choir of Angels II: Mission Music, Civic Records CVC1-0005-2.]

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To be released by ECS

Shepherd’s Lot, The

soprano, clarinet, piano    [c. 12:00]

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.

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ECS Publishing - Catalog #7681

Spiritus Sanctus, vivificans vita

SATB chorus, unaccompanied    c. 2:30

A vigorous, ecstatic setting of the Latin hymn by Hildegard of Bingen, the translation of which begins, “Holy Spirit, life-giving Life, moving in all things and root of all that is created…”
Watch and hear the score on YouTube.

[excerpt performed by the Philovox Ensemble, conducted by Robert Schuneman]

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ECS Publishing – Catalog # 7877

Star of Heavenly Grace, The

TTBB, English horn    [c 3:00]

Reflective and gentle, this setting of Quae stella sole pulchrior, by Charles Coffin (1736), as translated by John Chandler (1837), features a chant-like melody.
See the video score on YouTube.

[performed by The Singers (Minneapolis, MN); Matthew Culloton, conductor; Marni Hougham, English horn]

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ECS Publishing - Catalog # 5173

Strong As Death

Medium voice and piano    [c. 6:30]

Commissioned by soprano Elin Carlson and included on her debut CD And What of Love, this set of three songs explores love from differing viewpoints: “An Evening Song” (American folk verse, attributed to Esther Mathews), “Infinite Fires” (from Marcia Falk’s poetic translation of The Song of Songs), and “He Fumbles At Your Spirit” (Emily Dickinson).

[excerpt from And What of Love, Eroica JDT 3074.]

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ECS Publishing – Catalog # 5870 (piano/vocal)
Catalog #5871 (full score)

Suite: Alice Through A Looking-Glass

SSA and chamber ensemble or chamber orchestra (oboe, English horn, bassoon, harp, strings)    [c. 15:30]

Commissioned and premiered by the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus for their 15th anniversary, this three-movement work sets Lewis Carroll’s “The Walrus and the Carpenter,” “Beneath a Sunny Sky” (the haunting acrostic that closes Looking-Glass), and “Jabberwocky.”

[First movement excerpt performed by the Los Angeles Children's Chorus; Anne Tomlinson, artistic director]

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Available from the composer

Te Deum

2 fl/ob/eh/cl/b cl/bsn/cntbsn/4 hn/2 tpt/tbn/b. tbn/2 prc/hp/SATB chor/strings    [c. 31:00]

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 Post contributor and LA Opus publisher

Watch the vocal score and hear the premiere on YouTube.

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Ternion Sonata No. 1

flute, viola, harp    [c. 14.30]

Commissioned, premiered, and recorded by the Debussy Trio.
Movements include:
I. Forgetting the Words
II. How sad, how strange the days that are no more
III. DT Variations in a Tasty Rondo Shell

[excerpt realized through Sibelius Sounds]

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ECS Publishing - Catalog # 6549

There Comes A Ship (Das Schifflein)

SATB, unaccompanied    [c. 2:50]

An old German Christmas poem inspired a bouncy, lilting melody for this charming motet in a neo-Praetorius style, culminating with a joyous cascade of “Alleluias.” (German or English) Performed by the Los Angeles Master Chorale, under Grant Gershon, at Walt Disney Concert Hall.
“An exquisitely crafted jewel of a carol, both original and timeless…a fresh and welcome addition to the a cappella Christmas repertoire.” – Grant Gershon, Artistic Director, Los Angeles Master Chorale

[Chorus Angelorum, Dominic MacAller, conductor]

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Available from the composer

Two Songs on Chinese Love Poems

Tenor, oboe, viola, and cello    [c. 12:00]

In settings that echo the poems’ atmosphere of bittersweet longing, the singer and instrumentalists interact as equals. Using English versions prepared by the composer, the two songs are “I Wait in the Dark” and “So Many Years.”

"I Wait in the Dark" performed by Charles Lane, Paul Sherman, Melinda Rice, Roger Lebow

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ECS Publishing - Catalog # 5178

Ubi caritas

SATB, unaccompanied    [c. 7:30]

Commissioned by Holy Family Cathedral (Orange, CA) this extended setting was specifically designed for lengthy Holy Thursday processions. The English text, in a new translation, is sprinkled with brief Latin fragments. Gregorian chants and new melodies interweave in this meditative anthem.

[Excerpt performed by the American Repertory Singers (Dr. Leo C. Nestor, director) for ECS.]

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ECS Publishing - Catalog # 5179

Veni Sancte Spiritus

SATB, unaccompanied    [c. 3:00]

Commissioned by Holy Family Cathedral, Orange, CA, this rich choral enhancement of the Gregorian Pentecost Sequence may be sung in Latin or in a new English version that adheres to the accents of the original. Chosen by Creator magazine as one of the 10 Best Sacred Works of 2001.
“A chant-based but harmonically accessible anthem which would work well in the context of Pentecost’s ‘mystery.’ Well done.”
from Creator magazine

[Excerpt performed by Philovox of Boston (Jennifer Lester, conductor) for ECS.]

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