Ring Out, Wild Bells

Composed for LA Children’s Chorus Artistic Director Anne Tomlinson in honor of her final season with LACC, this energetic setting of verses by Alfred Tennyson is scheduled to be premiered on Dec. 3 at Walt Disney Concert Hall with members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

 

Wreath of Wakeful Dreams, A

Cellist Roger Lebow commissioned this set of three songs on poems by W.B. Yeats for his son, outstanding tenor Theo Lebow. Details of the premiere featuring the two musicians plus harpist Marcia Dickstein are to be announced. In order, the poems are He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven, The Stolen Child, and When You Are […]

 

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.

 

Hymn Concertatos


Holy God, We Praise Thy Name

SATB/congregation, organ, optional brass quartet or quintet, opt. timpani    [c. 7:00]

This grand and stirring arrangement, originally commissioned by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles for the 1987 visit of Pope John Paul II, features distinctive and powerful brass writing.

[Excerpt performed by the Los Angeles Papal Choir, conducted by Frank Brownstead.]

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How Can I Keep From Singing

SATB/congregation, organ, optional brass quartet or quintet    [c. 5:00]

This fresh, straightforward arrangement of the great Quaker hymn was commissioned by Frank Brownstead for the 1989 NPM Convention.

[Excerpt performed by Zephyr: Voices Unbound.]

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Immaculate Mary

SATB/congregation, organ, optional brass quartet, optional handbells    [c. 6:00]

Commissioned by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles for the 1987 visit of Pope John Paul II, this setting of the Lourdes hymn alternates English and Spanish verses and was used at the Hollywood Bowl to complete the Marian year celebrations.

[Excerpt from sample CD, OCP Publications.]

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In Christ There Is No East or West

SATB/congregation, organ, brass quintet, optional timpani    [c. 2:30]

When your special liturgy includes a vibrant hymn tune like McKEE, you want the brass to support the congregation and choir as well as suit the spirit of the music to a T. Gibson’s arrangement does it all and includes two superb texts, one a beloved classic and one a contemporary gem (“The Church of Christ Cannot Be Bound”). Originally commissioned by Frank Brownstead for the 1989 NPM Convention, this updated version is on the Cathedral Series of MorningStar Music.

Frank Brownstead leads singers and instrumentalists in rehearsal at Our Lady of the Angels cathedral, Los Angeles

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Available from the composer

Lord Now Send Your Spirit Out (Llanfair)

SATB/congregation, organ, brass quintet, optional timpani    [c. 6:00]

Using an original text by J. Michael Thompson, this special “Llanfair” arrangement was commissioned by Holy Family Cathedral, Orange, to celebrate the silver anniversary of its rector, Rev. Arthur Holquin. The “Ubi caritas” chant is woven unobtrusively throughout the piece.

(Four excerpts realized with Sibelius Sounds)

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Lord, Whose Love in Humble Service (Beach Spring)

unison voices, flute, brass quartet, organ    [c. 4:00]

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.

Frank Brownstead leads singers and instrumentalists in rehearsal at Our Lady of the Angels cathedral, Los Angeles

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Available from the composer

One in Faith (Hyfrydol)

SATB/congregation, organ, brass quartet, timpani    [c. 8:30]

To celebrate Bishop McFarland’s 25th anniversary as bishop and 50th as priest, Holy Family Cathedral, Orange, CA, commissioned this triumphant and stirring setting of “Hyfrydol” to words by Peter Scagnelli.

[Excerpt from rehearsal at Holy Family Cathedral, Matt Gray, director.]

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