AMOR DE MI ALMA (You are the lover of my soul) Z. Randall Stroope, composer Grant Harper, tenor Solo voice (high) and piano Garcilaso de la Vega (1503-1536) wrote Soneto V (Amor de mi alma). He is a vivid example of a Renaissance individual, skilled in music, arms, letters and the battles of love.  His […]

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VERGINE MADRE (Virgin Mother) Z. Randall Stroope, composer Treble Voices – Double Choir (SSAA/SSAA); also available for SATB/SSAA double choir (email composer for this version); Text by Dante (In Paradiso); Choir I in English, Choir 2 in Italian language; Choir 2 can be adjacent on stage, or side to side (cathedral setting) to the audience, […]

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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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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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Three movement work consisting of Judaskuss (The Kiss of Judas) Christi Mutter Petrus (Peter) Click on the links above to purchase music. Listen below:

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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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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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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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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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