This past week I was able to attend the RSCM Tulsa Course with Malcolm Archer as director and Bruce Neswick as organ instructor. It was a wonderful week of music making which included the following partial repertoire list:
Missa omnes sancti – Malcolm Archer
Rejoice in the Lamb – Benjamin Britten
Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in A – Stanford
Included as part of the week’s activities was a talent show on Saturday evening. After deciding to perform a piano duet with another participant, I offered to write a piece for us to play. In addition to themes from the pieces listed above, I included a musical rendition of the name of our conductor for the week: M-A-L-C-O-L-M A-R-C-H-E-R. I was a little concerned about meeting the deadline with so little free time in between and after rehearsals, but I think the piece was clearly a success, especially for all those who recognized the theme citations. The video below was recorded on my iPhone. Enjoy!
While looking around on-line today, I discovered that TampaKurt had posted videos from the Festival Singers of Florida concert in January. The video playlist includes 11 selections from The British Way! and may be seen here. It was a pleasure to work with Dr Kevin Fenton and the Festival Singers.
As a teaser, here’s the first piece on the program: ‘Let The People Praise Thee, O God’ by William Mathias
Join us as the Festival Singers of Florida, conducted by Dr. Kevin Fenton, celebrates British Choral music, including Vaughan Williams, Taverner, and the newly composed Missa Brevis by Jonathan Dove. The “crowning moment” will surely be the Rutter Gloria, including full brass and organ.
Dr. Jennifer Pascual asked me to make the orchestral arrangements of the Alleluias for the Papal Masses in New York city in 2008. The Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral would use the Alleluia refrain from O Filii et Filiae. The Mass at Yankee Stadium used the refrain from VICTORY. Even though the melodic material was given, I knew I would have great players in the orchestra and a top-notch choir, so I had great fun making these arrangements.
CatholicTV still has the Mass from St. Patrick’s available here and the Mass at Yankee Stadium here. At Yankee Stadium, the Alleluia starts at 100 minutes into (about half-way through) the coverage on CatholicTV.
I wasn’t sure any of the broadcast video would still be up, so I went looking on YouTube first and found this excerpt which includes my arrangement of the Alleluia before the gospel is proclaimed:
I had my first organ lesson at Woodland Presbyterian Church during the fall of my freshman year of high school. The instrument is Op. 758 of the Austin Organ Co. from 1917 with some revisions in the 1980’s by Milnar Organ Co. Though I haven’t played regularly at Woodland for over twenty years, because my parents are still active members there, I still get to stop by and play the instrument when I go home to visit. This time, we brought along a video camera and recorded a few repertoire selections. Below is a piece by American composer Dan Locklair: “The Peace may be exhanged.” from Rubrics.
This is a second video with excerpts from wedding music selections. It offers some alternative traditional selections. I made these two videos for couples who are preparing to get married at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, especially those who reside out of town. The first video presents the most popular traditional music options.
Dividing the organ into the grande orgue and orgue de choeur proved to be challenging. While planning for the installation of the instrument, this was one of the pieces that I envisioned performing in order to work out all the little details necessary for the two consoles to function at the same time. How thrilling it was to actually hear the piece come to life. Thanks to David Brunner, Ben Lane, the CFAGO and all the singers for making this vision a reality.
This is the first of two short videos on YouTube with excerpts from some of the most popular wedding music selections. I made these two videos for couples who are preparing to get married at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, especially those who reside out of town. The first presents the most popular traditional music options. The second video will offer some alternative traditional selections.