As in the Days

A thought-provoking text from Job receives an unexpected setting in an American vernacular style. Oh, that I were as in months past, As in the days when God watched over me; When His lamp shone upon my head, And when by His light I walked through darkness; Because I delivered the poor who cried out, […]

 

Scapulis suis

This motet for four-part women’s chorus uses a Latin text from Psalm 90 (91): “The Lord will overshadow you with his pinions, and you will find refuge under his wings. His faithfulness will encompass you with a shield.”

 

String Quartet No. 1

This string quartet is in three contrasting movements: 1) Overture, 2) Air, and 3) Scherzo.

 

Liturgical Music

This list contains music that Gibson composed specifically for use within church services. Although much of it is designed for the Roman Catholic liturgy, there are many pieces that will work well in a wide variety of religious ceremonies. To narrow your search, please use the Filter on the left. To get copies of the music, please approach the publisher. For inquiries, please contact Paul@PaulGibsonMusic.com.


MorningStar - Catalog # MSM-80-304

Agnus Dei

SATB/congregation, organ    [c. 2:30]

This quiet, prayerful English setting for choir with congregational response uses mixed meters to create a timeless flow. Commissioned by Dr. Phil Steinhaus for St. Margaret Mary’s, Lomita, CA.

Excerpt performed by Chorus Angelorum (Dominic MacAller, conductor; Phil Steinhaus, organ]

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OCP Publications – Catalog # 30106749

Christmas Gloria, A

Cantor/SATB/cong., organ, opt. brass or strings    [c. 3:30]

This widely used setting – with its refrain from “Angels We Have Heard on High” – allows any congregation to participate fully in the Gloria. Originally commissioned for St. Margaret Mary’s, Lomita, CA, and recorded by Frank Brownstead.

NEW! New translation for the Roman Missal, Third Edition Revision

(Excerpt of original version from O Morning Star, from OCP #9521)

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OCP Publications – # 30104334

Christmas Mass, A

SATB, organ, opt. trumpet, opt. brass, opt. strings    [c. 4:10, excluding Gloria]

As a follow up to A Christmas Gloria, the movements of this Mass are all based on familiar carols so that the congregation can more easily take part. Included are: Holy, three Acclamations, Amen, and Lamb of God, all using the latest transations of the Mass.

Performance of "Holy" provided by OCP.

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Available from the composer

Emmanuel, We Sing Thy Praise

SATB, unaccompanied    [c. 2:00]

This exuberant setting of “Wir Singen Dir Immanuel,” in Catherine Winkworth’s English translation, makes a joyous feature of deceptive cadences. Written for Christmas, it could be used throughout the Church year.

MIDI realization

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Evening Service for St. Edmund Campion’s

SATB chorus and organ    [c. 5:30]

A quite exuberant Magnificat is paired with an appropriately reflective Nunc Dimittis that have subtle musical connections.

MIDI realization

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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.)

Example provided by E.C. Schirmer: chorus with synthesized bells

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Available from the composer

Harvest Is Hope

SATB, keyboard    [c. 4:00]

A setting of a text by clergy from St. Martin-in-the-Fields, this relatively simple anthem-hymn celebrates and gives thanks for our abundance, but also envisions a world of greater justice and peace. Especially suitable in November. Parishes with strong justice movements will find it particularly appropriate and appealing.

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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 on YouTube.

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

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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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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 place of the cello.

Watch and listen to the score on YouTube.

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

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Its Lamp Was the Lamb

SATB chorus, unaccompanied    [c. 2:33]

Using close counterpoint and elegant lines, this is a setting from the Book of Revelation, 21:22-23

I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God almighty and the Lamb. The city had no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gave it light, and its lamp was the Lamb.

MIDI realization

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G.I.A. Publications - Catalog # G-3877

Jubilee Gloria

SATB/congregation, organ, optional trumpet    [c. 3:00]

English setting of the Gloria commissioned by Dr. Phil Steinhaus for the Jubilee celebrations at St. Margaret Mary’s, Lomita, CA

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

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Lauda anima mea

Three-part women's chorus and organ    [c. 2:35]

This setting of the Offertory for the Third Sunday of Easter (Psalm 145:2) uses the Latin form of:

Praise the Lord, O my soul:
I will praise the Lord throughout my life;
I will sing to my God for as long as I live,
alleluia.

MIDI realization

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Available from the composer

Let Us Sing Unto God

Cantor/SATB/congregation, piano, optional oboe    [c. 3:45]

The Exodus canticle for the Easter Vigil, in a vigorous setting with choral, chant-like verses, was commissioned by Holy Family Cathedral, Orange, CA.

Excerpt performed by singers from Holy Family Cathedral, conducted by Matt Gray.]

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G.I.A. Publications - Catalog # G-3879
(cantor/congregation edition # G-3880)

Litany of the Holy Spirit

SATB or cantor/congregation, optional keyboard    [c. 3:40]

With words and music by Paul and Carol Gibson, these prayerful invocations center the assembly and call upon the presence of the Holy Spirit. Easy congregational responses alternate with choir, capped by a beautiful choral coda.

 

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

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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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G.I.A. Publications - Catalog # G-3878

Lord, Send Out Your Spirit

Cantor/congregation, organ    [c. 3:40]

This setting of the Psalm for Pentecost is flowing, melodic, and contemplative.

Watch and listen on YouTube.

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

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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 rehearses singers and instrumentalists at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, Los Angeles.]

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Love Come Among Us

SATB, tambourine, optional keyboard    [c. 3:15]

Setting a text from St. Martin-in-the-Fields, this high energy Christmas anthem is highly rhythmic and syncopated. Verses are very conscious of taking Jesus’ message of love, justice, and peace to the whole world.

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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

Watch and listen on YouTube.

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

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G.I.A. Publications - Catalog # G-3535

Mass of Life, A

Cantor/SATB/congregation, organ, optional trumpet, opt. brass    [c. 14:30]

This complete Mass, including a setting of Eucharistic Prayer II, synthesizes traditional and contemporary styles. Highly effective brass writing points up its lively rhythmic energy.
“A consistently rewarding, deeply moving work.” ( Jim Svejda, author and classical radio host, The Record Shelf)
“Delicate balance between the festive and the simple. Contrasts are superb.” (Robert Kreutz, composer)

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

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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.

See and hear it on YouTube.

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

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Music for the Genesis Reading

Cantor/SATB, piano, oboe    [c. 7:00, w. reading]

Commissioned by Holy Family Cathedral, Orange, CA , these musical interjections for the first reading of the Easter Vigil begin with a single note on the oboe, calling forth from a primordial past the mystery and wonder of Creation.

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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, and at the national ACDA conference in Minneapolis by St. Olaf.
See and hear the score on YouTube.

[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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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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Our Blessing Cup

Cantor (opt. duet)/congregation, organ, flute    [c. 2:30]

Simple, melodic setting of the Holy Thursday psalm, commissioned by Our Lady Queen of Angels, Newport Beach, CA, Dr. Patricia Lamb, Music Director.

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ECS Publishing – Catalog # 5987

Psalm 121 (My Help Comes From the Lord)

SAB, organ    [c. 6:00]

Commissioned by their children to honor Warren and Alice Sautebin, this relatively easy setting of the beloved psalm includes a flowing refrain that incorporates the tune Amsterdam, making a connection to the Moravian tradition to which the dedicatees belong.

Listen on YouTube.

[Excerpt performed by the Philovox Ensemble (Jennifer Lester, conductor) for ECS.]

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ECS Publishing – Catalog # 7878

Rejoice in the Lord Alway (expanded to 8 parts)

SATB, brass quartet (or organ) OR double choir    [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

Watch and listen on YouTube.

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

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Available from MusicSpoke

Sleep, Holy Babe

SATB, trumpet in B-flat    [c. 3:00]

A tender Christmas lullaby is combined with a solo trumpet, which is playing “Lo, How a Rose ‘ere Blooming.” Mary Breden led her Consort Singers of Loyola Marymount University in the premiere at their 2018 Christmas program.

On YouTube here

Loyola Marymount Consort Singers, Mary Breden, cond.

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Available from the composer

Sleep, My Heart’s Desire

SATB, unaccompanied    [c. 5:30]

A tender Christmas lullaby on a text by Colin Sterne.

[MIDI realization]

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E.C. Schirmer - 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 # 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

Watch and listen on YouTube.

[Chorus Angelorum, Dominic MacAller, conductor]

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ECS Publishing - Catalog # 7862

This Peerless Dawn

SATB, organ, opt. brass quintet    [c.6:30]

An original text is set to several melodies, including the plainchant “Jesu dulcis memoria” and the traditional hymn “Jesus Christ is Ris’n Today.” This anthem, which grows from pre-dawn quiet to a raucous shout of “Alleluia,” was commissioned for Easter 2000 by St. Matthew’s Parish, Pacific Palisades, CA.

Watch and listen on YouTube.

[excerpt performed by the Philovox Ensemble with organist Heinrich Christensen, conducted by Robert Schuneman]

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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.” (Creator magazine)

Watch and listen on YouTube.

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

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MorningStar - Catalog # MSM-50-3018

Why Have You Abandoned Me

SATB, optional keyboard    [c. 8:30]

The solemn atmosphere evoked by Clark Gibson’s dark, reflective text – inspired by Biblical imagery – is heightened by this haunting choral setting. Suitable for Good Friday and other times in Holy Week.

Watch and listen on YouTube.

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

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G.I.A. Publications - Catalog # G-3905

You Are the Bread of Life

SATB or cantor/optional congregation, keyboard    [c. 3:15]

With words and music by Paul and Carol Gibson, this choral Communion processional in a flowing, contemporary style is suitable for almost any time of the year.

[Excerpt performed by the Cathedral Singers (Richard Proulx, director) for G.I.A.]

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Available from the composer

You Will Draw Water

Cantor/SATB/congregation, unaccompanied    [c. 2:15]

Holy Family Cathedral, Orange, CA, commissioned this joyful, buoyant setting of the Easter Vigil responsorial.

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