Category Archives: Choral

Autumn (poetry of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)

Project Encore

This poem is an ode to the season of autumn heralding wind and rain and the bright colors of the leaves. The composer enjoys some “word painting” including a hymn style when the text references such things as “blessing the farms” and “the farmer’s prayers.” The poet refers to an old German tradition that a prosperous harvest will find Emperor Charlemagne crossing a bridge of gold and giving a blessing to the land. The work begins with an ostinato pattern on the word “Autumn” in the men’s voices with the women’s rising above with the opening words of the poem. Then the voices exchange places. The composition closes quietly with the same ostinato pattern.

TitleAutumn (poetry of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)
Item #C-034

Shine As A Light

This anthem was commissioned by the Western Pennsylvania Conference Ministers’ Chorus in memory of Rev. Paul and Claire Halstead. The Ministers’ Chorus premiered the work in April, 2011. The anthem is based on the Scripture passages, Philippians 2:15b-16a and Ephesians 5:8-9 (both from the Contemporary English Version). Here is a vibrant call to Christians to take Christ’s message to everyone on earth– to “shine as a light to all the peoples of the world.”

TitleShine As A Light (SATTBB)
Item #C-037