Rainer Maria Rilke traveled to Paris in 1902 where he became moved by and deeply involved in the work of Auguste Rodin (a great sculptor who created The Thinker, among others).  Rilke became enamored by Rodin’s impassioned work ethic, genius, and originality.  About 20 years earlier, Rodin became involved with Camille Claudel, a French sculptor and graphic artist […]

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SATBdiv./unaccompanied “All my heart, this night rejoices as I hear, far and near, sweetest angel voices, ‘Gloria in excelsis Deo’.” Publisher: Colla Voce 48-96750

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SATB/unacc;  “He can all so still Where his mother was, As dew in April That falleth on the grass…. Mother and maiden Was never none but she!  Well may [might] such a lady God’s mother be.” Publisher: Mark Foster Music MF 540

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Three versions:  SSATB/opt. piano, TTBB version, or solo (high) voice & piano version; Four Spanish Sonnets of Garcilaso de la Vega 1) En tanto que de rosa y azucenda 2) Si para refrenar este deseo loco 3) Hermosas ninfas que (published separately) 4) Amor de mi alma (published separately) Sung by Quire of Voyces (England), […]

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There will be rest, and sure stars shining, Over the roof-tops crowned with snow. A reign of rest, serene forgetting, The music of stillness holy and low. I will make this world of my devising, Out of a dream in my lonely mind, I shall find the crystal of peace, –above me Stars I shall […]

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SSATBB/unacc;  Randall wrote this work with frequent, brief references to the opening (and well-known) theme of the 19th century antiphon, Ubi Caritas.  He then builds sonic reflections on that theme using new material. Randall conducts this work annually for mass at the Vatican, and is a favorite for the choir there.  This work has been […]

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Carmina Pax (Songs of Peace) Publisher:  www.zrstroope.com 30-minute choral/orchestral work in seven movements, each encountering a different aspect of conflict and peace. Commissioned and premiered by the Arlington Master Chorale, Arlington, TX; with additional funding by Doug and Nickie Burns. Professional recording available on Spotify. “Peace” can narrowly be seen as an an absence of […]

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The authorship of the original text  of CHRISTI MUTTER (Stabat Mater) is still unresolved. But what is clear is the vividness, unmatched tenderness, and profound sadness of a mother watching her son die on a cross. The work features three “characters” in this epic and profoundly sad event. The first is the mother – “Christi […]

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SATB/piano (also available in TTBB/piano); Randall set this on a text by William Butler Yeats; performed by the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Turtle Creek Chorale, Bournemouth Male Choir, Heritage Singers (Jacksonville), etc. Published: Colla Voce – 45-21062 (Mixed Version) Published: Colla Voce – 48-96760 (Men’s Chorus)

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SATB/piano (also written for a soprano/baritone duet and piano);  Randall wrote this work in Lithuania on a choir tour, upon the announcement that two of his choristers were getting married.  “Come dwell in my garden, let me hear your voice, let me touch your robe, come dwell in my garden – my song of songs.” Publisher: Colla […]

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