COMPOSITIONS & ARRANGEMENTS

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HARD TIMES COME AGAIN NO MORE

SSATB a cappella, 3'30"

Hard Times Come Again No More is one of Stephen Foster's most famous and timeless melodies, arranged here for a cappella mixed choir. This arrangement was premiered in 2019 by the Singing Sergeants, the official chorus of the United States Air Force Band.

HOW CAN I KEEP FROM SINGING?

Solo Voice and Organ, 3'00"

MY LADY SWEET, ARISE!

Solo Tenor (or Soprano) and Keyboard, 2'20"

With a nod to the famous Ave Maria by Bach/Gounod, My Lady Sweet, Arise! is a contrafact based on "Les Barricades Mystérieuses" from François Couperin's Ordre 6ème de clavecin, published in 1717. The poetic text is from Shakespeare's Cymbeline. Effective with either piano or harpsichord, the piece's simple line lends itself well to baroque-style ornamentation (highly encouraged!).  Written for Matthew Hill in 2021. 

WARTIME CHRISTMAS

SSAATBB a cappella, 3'00"

Wartime Christmas is a choral anthem suitable for Christmastime and Advent. It premiered at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in 2018, (click to listen).  The text was written in 1918 by American poet Joyce Kilmer, as he was serving in France during World War I. Kilmer was killed in action later that year. ​

"Led by a star, a golden star,

The youngest star, an olden star,

Here the kings and the shepherds are,

Akneeling on the ground.

What did they come to the inn to see?

God in the Highest, and this is He,

A baby asleep on His mother’s knee

And with her kisses crowned.


Now is the earth a dreary place,

A troubled place, a weary place.

Peace has hidden her lovely face

And turned in tears away.

Yet the sun, through the war-cloud,

sees Babies asleep on their mother’s knees.

While there are love and home—and these—

There shall be Christmas Day."