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String Quintet No. 1 Tells Arthur’s Story

I am happy to announce that I have put together a definitive musical version of both Part 1 and Part 2 of the legend of King Arthur.  It’s undergone several versions. Part 1 also exists as my Symphony No. 1. Now I have arranged the entire piece for string quintet. It could also be played bustling orchestra. 

This piece, my String Quintet No. 1, King Arthur, is the work of two years and tells the story of Arthur’s  life from his becoming king to his death and the return to chaos. It is dedicated to all people who sincerely seek a just, good, and merciful world. I plan to post the score and parts on IMSLP. In the meantime here is the sound recording. Enjoy!

Catholic Mass Project

In the tradition of composers throughout the centuries, I have decided to write a setting for the Mass Proper. I hope with this composition to give glory to God and to bring peace to those who hear it. This Kyrie is the first movement. The Agnus Dei (see previous post) is the final movement. I am excited to begin work on the Gloria soon!

The score for this music is available on Sheet Music Plus: www.sheetmusicplus.com/title/kyrie-f…usic/20469837.

“Agnus Dei: A Prayer For Peace”

Because of recent world events, I’ve felt the need to raise a prayer for peace. Here, I’ve employed the ancient prayer from the Catholic mass which says, “Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world; have mercy on us. Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world; have mercy on us. Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world; grant us peace.” It is a repentant, hopeful prayer, so appropriate for today.

This Agnus Dei is arranged for SATB. It was an exciting challenge for me to record the sample audio, singing the range of the choir (I even got down to the bass a couple times). The piece is appropriate for church or concert choir, early intermediate to professional level. The sheet music is available for purchase at http://www.sheetmusicplus.com/title/agnus-dei-a-prayer-for-peace-digital-sheet-music/20460838.

It’s my desire with this music to encourage people to hope in God and to strive to bring His peace to the world.