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I am really excited to offer you my collection of amazing award winning choral compositions. These selections have worked well with symphonic choirs and also chamber groups. Please study the scores while you listen to excellent recordings.

 

 

 

Agnus Dei

by Christopher Ducasse

SATB with piano – CP 2064 – duration 2:45
SSA with piano – CP 2224

This classic text from the mass has been set by many composers for centuries. Christopher brings a grandeur to the text with long melodic lines in sweet spot vocal registers – very approachable.  The music has an impressive build to a golden-mean climax. The piano accompaniment flows and supports the singers. Singers and listeners will love this contribution to the music world.

Crucifixus a 6 voci

by William Kraushaar

SSATBB with organ, piano or harpsichord – CP 2123 – duration 3:05
SSATBB a cappella  – CP 2126

This is a powerful setting of the classic text, in baroque style for six parts. The accompaniment drives the counterpoint forward.  The a cappella version is slower and more poignant so that the singers can make more of the stress and release moments. (dissonance to consonance)

Crucifixus etiam pro nobis sub Pontio Pilato:
Passus, et sepultus est.

He was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate:
He suffered and was buried.

Good News Carol - commissioned by the TORONTO MENDELSSOHN CHOIR

by Joannie Ing

SATB with organ or piano – CP 2066 – 5:05

Dear friend, I’ve news with you to share
Reason for hope, reason to care
When you feel down, deep in despair
He sees you cry and hears your prayer

Herr, Nun Läst

by William Kraushaar

SATB with organ/piano – CP 2158 – duration 3:35

Mary and Joseph brought Jesus to the temple. Simeon, who had longed to see the Messiah before passing away said:

Lord, now let Your servant depart in peace, according to Your word.
Luke 2:29

Hodie Christus natus est

by William Kraushaar

SATB a cappella – CP 2149 – duration 2:45

You will love this joyful sound – resulting from a combination of up-tempo melody in 3/4 meter. Multiple entries, counterpoint, motivic imitation and sections of fugue; quality composition!

Hodie Christus natus est,
hodie Salvator apparuit;
hodie in terra canunt angeli,
laetantur archangeli;
hodie exsultant iusti, dicentes
Gloria in excelsis Deo.

Hymn on the Nativity - commissioned by the TORONTO MENDELSSOHN CHOIR

by Alastair Boyd

SATB a cappella – CP 1906 – duration 4:05

A Hymn on the Nativity is an a cappella SATB setting of words by English poet and playwright Ben Jonson. It won the 2020 Debbie Fleming Prize in Choral Composition awarded by the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir. In announcing the winning entry TMC associate conductor Simon Rivard, who led the three-member competition jury, mentioned the work’s “interesting choice of lyrics; richness of the harmony; and a good balance between variety and unity between verses.”

In Bethlehem Upon that Morn - commissioned by the TORONTO MENDELSSOHN CHOIR

by Zachary Windus

SATB a cappella – CP 2070 – duration 3:55

The fifth annual TMC Choral Composition Competition asked emerging composers to submit a sacred or secular a cappella work for the Christmas season. The 2019 winner was this spirited carol by Zachary Windus.

Lux æterna

by Justin Lapierre

SATB a cappella – CP 2338 – duration 5:15

This composition honours the victims of the 2017 Quebec City mosque shooting, where six victims were killed during prayers by a xenophobic perpetrator—it remains the deadliest attack in a house of worship ever to occur on Canadian soil. This piece addresses rising Islamophobia in French Canada through the interplay of poetry by Rumi translated into French and the Christian Lux æterna, illustrating the shared spiritual themes and traditions of Islam and Christianity which can both trace their roots back to the prophet Abraham.

Mamachimowin - commissioned by the TORONTO MENDELSSOHN CHOIR

by Andrew Balfour

SATB with piano, organ, or strings – CP 2069   – duration 5:55
String parts are available with two options:
a) violas, cello and double bass
b) string quintet (2 violins, viola, cello and double bass)
Mamachimowin (The act of singing praises) is a choral work that explores the difficult relationship between Indigenous spirituality and the impact of the Christian culture on First Nations people.  Translating Psalm 67 into Cree, I wanted to add a musical perspective that added a dimension of fragmentation into the structure of the work.  Also I wanted to utilize the instrumentation of violas, cellos and double basses to give the idea of the strings representing a foundation of the ground, or Mother Earth.  I wanted to present the idea of musical tension and musical phrases along with the choir whispering some of the text to add an element of uncertainty.  (Andrew Balfour)

Music is Vibration

by Andrew Balfour

SATB with piano, organ, or strings – CP 2068   – duration 4:35
This poem by the late Dominic Gregorio really touches the heart.
Listen to the performance by the amazing National Youth Choir of Canada.
Music is vibration, can you see it?
Sound is emotion, can you feel it?
Invisible, intangible
Yet touches deep within.

Ni de l'est, ni de l'ouest

by William Kraushaar

SATB a cappella with fugue – CP 2059 – duration 5:55
SATB a cappella without fugue – CP 2060 – duration 3:05

In memory of the victims of the Québec City Mosque Shooting, 2017.

“Neither from the east, nor from the west,
Neither creed, nor culture,
Neither from the ocean, nor from the earth,
We are all members of one another,
And created from the same matter,
If a member is suffering,
Others will not know happiness.

Of Rest - commissioned by the TORONTO MENDELSSOHN CHOIR

by Benjamin Sigerson

SATB a cappella – CP 2058 – duration 4:35

Winner of the Debbie Fleming Prize hosted by the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, this piece is a gentle song of comfort. Written also as a song of hope towards the end of the COVID-19 pandemic and as a song to remind of the importance of rest, and that rest is sometimes what we need more than we know. Setting the painterly poetry of j.h. Lee, the piece is part-impressionist, part-jazz, part-lullaby.

Sanctus-Benedictus

by Christopher Ducasse

SATB with piano – CP 2225 – duration 5:40
SSA with piano – CP 2225

Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus, 

Domine Deus Sabaoth.

Plenisunt coeli et Terra Gloria Tua. 

Hosana! In Excelsis Deo. 
Benedictus Qui Venit, 
in nomine Deus domini 
Hosana! In Excelsis Deo. 

Ubi caritas et amor

by William Kraushaar

SATB a cappella – CP 2152 – duration 3:15

Ubi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est.
Congregavit nos in unum Christi amor.
Exsultemus, et in ipso jucundemur.
Timeamus, et amemus Deum vivum.
Et ex corde diligamus nos sincero.
Ubi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est.
Amen.