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 […]
SSATB unacc. (This work is often staged as well. See YouTube for examples) The text authorship of CHRISTI MUTTER (Stabat Mater) is unresolved. But what is clear is the unmatched tenderness and profound sadness of a mother watching her son die on a cross. This movement features three “characters,” beginning with the mother (“Christi Mutter!”) […]
SATB/piano (E-Music download) French; very fast-paced, high energy work. Show piece for both the chorus and virtuosic pianist. “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)
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 […]
“JUDASKUSS” (The Kiss of Judas) can be viewed here, YouTube or Spotify). In JUDASKUSS, Judas “explains” why he felt forced to betray Jesus – “I was just fulfilling the scriptures. He [Jesus] urged me to do it, so I had to go. [When the soldiers came], I kissed him. They seized him and dragged […]
SATB/unacc.; written for Dr. Gary Schwartzhoff and the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire; built on tritones, this work has an intense sense of yearning and human longing to find an anchor of peace. Electronic delivery (pdf copies) only from this website. 20-50 copies – $1.75/copy Over 50 copies – $90
SSAATBB/unacc; commissioned by the Oklahoma Choral Directors Association; text by Michelangelo; in Italian; Translation: “Love takes me captive, beauty binds my soul.” Publisher: Alliance Music Publ.
SPECTRA (Nature’s Eternal Sunrise) SATB/orchestra or SATB/wind ensemble (band); 4’35” Premiered 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 of […]