Carmina Pax (Songs of Peace) Publisher:  ZRS Publishing 28-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 Professional recording made in March 25, 2019, and available on April 20, 2019, Z. Randall Stroope conductor. “Peace” can narrowly be seen […]

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Second movement of “A Living Triptych.”  (First movement is JUDASKUSS.)  The authorship of the original text 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 […]

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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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SSATB/2 violins/piano; Kahil Gibran, poet; “Beauty is life when life unveils her holy face. You are life and you are the veil. Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in a mirror. You are eternity and you are the mirror…” Premiered February 2019 Note: E-music purchases are for printed music only, and do not include part […]

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This performance conducted by the composer: “JUDASKUSS” (The Kiss of Judas) is the first movement of A Living Triptych. (“Christi Mutter” is the second movement. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6vV3P… ) 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 to […]

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Kyrie

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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SSAATBB/unaccompanied; commissioned by the Oklahoma Choral Directors Association; text by Michelangelo; Italian language translation: “Love takes me captive, beauty binds my soul…”; 4’10” Premiered by the Oklahoma Music Educators Association – January 2019 Publisher:  Alliance Music Publ.  Released in print, January 2019

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SPECTRA (Nature’s Eternal Sunrise) SATB/orchestra; John Muir (naturalist), text; 4’35” Premiered March 2019 “Fountains of life! Eternal sunrise! Radiant white beams of light, And prisms on the crystal rocks. Mountains and prairies, The meadows and valleys, Flush of alpenglow, All nature rejoices! Snow is melting is music, singing stream bankfull of melodies rising with rhythm […]

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