“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.┬áLamb 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.

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Announcing “Symphony No. 2: The Creation”

I am very excited to announce the completion of my latest composition! This piece is meant to bring to the listener’s mind the wonder of creation and the amazing reality of the universe. For thousands of years, people have thought of art as a means of imitating the Creator of the Universe. The Book of Genesis tells of how He made the world out of nothing and how He delighted in it. It is much in the same way that a composer purposefully creates music. There is a significant difference in that God creates something out of nothing whereas the composer creates from pre-existing material (i.e. sound, time, etc.). Yet in the making of music, we can participate in the joy of the Eternal Creator who made the universe and us for a beautiful purpose. With this piece, I hope to inspire a meditation on the beauty of existence and bring listeners to a peaceful realization of being.

In movement one, there are melodic figures darting here and there to illustrate chaos, yet there is also a recurring sixteenth-note pattern that depicts the “divine wind sweeping over the waters.” Movement two is an unfolding of light. Movement three tells of the growth of order and of the joy of the new day of creation.

In three movements:

1. Spirito: In the beginning God created heaven and earth. Now the earth was a formless void, there was darkness over the deep, with a divine wind sweeping over the waters. ~Gen. 1:1-2

2. Adagio: God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light. ~Gen. 1:3

3. Maestoso: God saw that light was good, and God divided light from darkness. God called light ‘day’, and darkness he called ‘night’.
Evening came and morning came: the first day. ~Gen. 1:4-5

The complete score and parts can be found for download on the IMSLP website: http://imslp.org/wiki/Symphony_No.2_(Rosaria%2C_Danielle)http://imslp.org/wiki/Symphony_No.2_(Rosaria%2C_Danielle)