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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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 (offered only on www.zrstroope.com  web site; not available through distributors) French; very fast-paced, high energy work Text: “Tap, tap tap – Death rhythmically taps a tomb with his heel… white skeletons flit across the gloom, running and leaping beneath their huge shroud!” $65.00 (allows for purchaser to make as many copies as needed)

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SATB/Virtuoso Piano Collaborator (4 movements) Commissioned by the Music Teachers National Association (work that features the piano, “accompanied by choir”)  James Johnson, pianist Water lilies are not securely grounded. Rather, they are tossed by wind, pounded by rain, and their large, leathery floating leaves wither in dry seasons. Still, water lilies survive. They manage to return year after […]

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I have loved hours at sea, gray cities, The fragile secret of a flower, Music, the making of a poem That gave me heaven for an hour; First stars above a snowy hill, Voices of people kindly and wise, And the great look of love, long hidden, Found at last in meeting eyes. I have […]

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SATB unaccompanied During this covid19 pandemic – like millions of others – I felt helpless, full of unanswered questions, and most of all – profoundly sad for the thousands of families who lost a loved one – a mother, a father, a child, a grandparent, a friend, or someone else in their family circle.  One […]

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This performance conducted by the composer: “JUDASKUSS” (The Kiss of Judas) is the first movement of Triptych. (2nd movement – CHRISTI MUTTER  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6vV3P…  and 3rd movement – PETRUS.   Judas “explains” why he felt forced to betray Jesus. [Transl. from German] “I was just fulfilling the scriptures. He urged me to do it, so I had […]

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SATB/unacc.; written for Dr. Gary Schwartzhoff and the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Concert Choir for their recent tour to Europe; built on tritones, this work has an intense sense of yearning and human longing to find an anchor of peace. Published only on this website (www.zrstroope.com); not available through distributors. Note: E-music purchases are for […]

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Peter (Petrus) was a Galilean fisherman and the brother of Andrew. Early on, Peter had many seemingly contradicting tendencies – fickle one day, while fiercely committed the next; afraid of being accused as a religious zealot, but willing to sacrifice his life for his values; gentle but tempestuous; quick to anger, but infinite in his […]

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