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CHORAL MUSIC: women's voices
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Advent (1997) 15

(for Advent)
Commissioned and Premiered (December 1997) by First Church in Cambridge, Congregational
Peter Sykes, Music Director
Text by Patricia Van Ness (English), trans. into Latin by Edward J. Vodoklys, S.J.

  1. Prelude: Inter decem milia dolorum et gaudiorum volventium MP3
  2. I. Statim vero
  3. II. Per arcum apertum illa frigida nocte MP3
  4. III. Nives tenues in nostris vultibus fulgent MP3

SSAATBB & String Orchestra

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Amor meus tibi ex sepulcro vacuo effundit / My Love Flows from the Tomb, Like Song (2001)

(For Easter)
Commissioned and Premiered by First Church in Cambridge, Congregational
Peter Sykes, Music Director
Text by Patricia Van Ness (English), trans. into Latin by Edward J. Vodoklys, S.J.

Awakening (2013) 2

Commissioned by Cristi Catt in memory of her grandmothers, Emily Faye Catt and Ethelyn Jean Falwell.

SSAA

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Birds of the Psalms (2016) (2016) 30

Commissioned by and Premiered (May 2016) by Cappella Clausura, Amelia LeClair, Director
Commercial release 2017 by Cappella Clausura, Amelia LeClair, Direcor, and online July 2018 by PARMA
Text: Psalter, The Book of Common Prayer (English) and Patricia Van Ness (Movement X)
From Music for the Psalms

  1. Psalm 91, You are My Refuge and My Stronghold PDF
  2. Psalm 55, Wings Like a Dove PDF
  3. Psalm 17, Keep Me As the Apple of Your Eye PDF
  4. Psalm 104, Birds of the Air PDF
  5. Psalm 57 In te confidit anima mea / I Have Taken Refuge in You PDF
  6. Psalm 63, I Seek You PDF
  7. Psalm 148, Creeping Things and Winged Birds PDF
  8. Psalm 61, I Will Dwell in Your House Forever PDF
  9. Psalm 36, How Priceless is Your Love PDF
  10. Beauty Flew to Me (Reprise of Psalm 91) PDF

Full Chorus except II. SSAA; V. TTABB; VIII. SSAA

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Birds of the Psalms (2016) (Full Score) (2016) 30

Commissioned by and Premiered (May 2016) by Cappella Clausura, Amelia LeClair, Director
Commercial release 2017 by Cappella Clausura, Amelia LeClair, Direcor, and online July 2018 by PARMA
Text: Psalter, The Book of Common Prayer (English) and Patricia Van Ness (Movement X)
From Music for the Psalms

Full Chorus except II. SSAA; V. TTABB; VIII. SSAA

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Ego sum Custos Angela (1995) 3 min

Commissioned and Premiered (21 October 1995) by Laurie Monahan, St. Martins Episcopal, Providence, RI
Text by Patricia Van Ness (English), trans. into Latin by Edward J. Vodoklys, S.J.

Solo Soprano

Epiphany (1996) 3.30 MP3

(for Epiphany)
Commissioned and Premiered (6 January 1997) by First Church in Cambridge, Congregational
Peter Sykes, Music Director
Text by Patricia Van Ness (English)

SSAA

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Erminia, The (1997) 15

Commissioned and Premiered by Ellen Hargis
Text from Jerusalem Delivered by Torquato Tasso (Italian), trans. Ralph Nash (English)

  1. e in lui verso de’inessicabil vena MP3
  2. “Misera!” MP3
  3. “Ma che?” MP3
  4. “Raccogli tu l’amina mia segauce” MP3
  5. Sente la donna il cavalier che geme MP3

Solo Soprano and Harpsichord

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In principio / In the Beginning (2002) 6 MP3

Commissioned and Premiered (30 March 2003) by Youth pro Musica, St. Cecilia’s Church, Boston, MA
Hazel Somerville, Director
Text: Genesis 1, Psalm 148 and Psalm 91, Biblia Sacra Vulgata translation (Latin)

SSA

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Lullaby (2006) 3

Commissioned by Anonymous
Premiered (11 November 2006) by Laurie Monahan, Kalamazoo, MI
Text by Patricia Van Ness (English)

Mezzo-Soprano/Alto & Cello or Harp

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Magnificat (1996) 6 MP3

Commissioned by and Premiered (22 December 1996) by First Church in Cambridge, Congregational
Peter Sykes, Music Director
Text: Luke 1:45-55, Biblia Sacra Vulgata translation (Latin)

SSA & Organ

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May We Live in Peace (2003) MP3

Commissioned by and Premiered (2003) by the Boston Landmarks Orchestra; Charles Ansbacher, Conductor

SSS, Flute, 2 Oboes, 2 Horns in F, Timpani, & String Orchestra

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Nada te turbe (Let Nothing Disturb You) (2006) 7

Commisioned and Premiered by Tapestry (Laurie Monahan, Cristi Catt, Daniela Tosic)
Text: Prayer Book of St. Teresa of Avila (Spanish)

SSSA

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Nine Orders of the Angels (The) (1996) 44 min

Commissioned and Premiered (22 March 1996) by Tapestry, Cambridge, MA; Laurie Monahan, Director
Text by Patricia Van Ness (English), trans. into Latin by Edward J. Vodoklys, S.J.

  1. Custodes Angeli MP3
  2. Gabriel PDF MP3
  3. Anael PDF MP3
  4. Angeli Potestatis MP3
  5. Raphael MP3
  6. Dominationes MP3
  7. Thronorum MP3
  8. Cherubim PDF MP3
  9. Seraphim MP3

SSAA

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Nocturnes (2000, 2008, 2016) 40

Commissioned and Premiered (20 November 2000) by the Newton Choral Society; David Carrier, Director
Text by Patricia Van Ness (English), trans. into Latin by Edward J. Vodoklys, S.J.

SSATB, 2 Horns in F, 2 Trumpets, Trombone & Tuba (Movements III and VI may be performed a cappella)

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Phoenix / De ave phoenice (The) (2002) 42

Commissioned by the Boston Athenaeum
To commemorate their reopening after renovations
Premiered (27 November 2002) by Ellen Hargis, soprano; Sanford Sylvan, baritone; Peter Sykes, harpsichord, Julianne Verret, oboe/English horn, Jane Harrison, oboe/English horn; Anne Black, violin/viola, and Emily Walhout, cello
Text by Carmen Lactantius (Latin), trans. Sister Mary Francis McDonald, O.P. (English)

  1. The Grove of the Sun PDF MP3
  2. The Fountain and the Bird PDF MP3
  3. Instrumental (Violoncello Solo) PDF MP3
  4. The Indescribable Notes by Day and Night PDF MP3
  5. The Flight to this World Where Death Holds Sway PDF MP3
  6. and the Death of the Phoenix PDF MP3
  7. Rebirth PDF MP3
  8. Instrumental (Dance of Celebration) PDF MP3
  9. She Sips the Ambrosial Dew and Hastens to the City of the Sun PDF MP3
  10. Egypt Marvels PDF MP3
  11. She Returns to Her Proper Habitat PDF MP3
  12. Bird of Happy Lot and Purpose PDF MP3

Solo Soprano, Solo Baritone, Harpsichord, Oboe 1&2, Viola/Violin, Violoncello

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Prayer for Peace (2005, 2018) 4

Commissioned and Premiered (25 May 2005) by Tapestry (Cristi Catt, Laurie Monahan, Daniela Tosic), First Church in Cambridge
As supplemental music for new staging of Hildegard von Bingen’s Ordo
Text: Psalm 148

SSAA

Score
Psalm 5, Hearken to My Child’s Cry (2018) 6

Part of “Children of the Borderlands”
Commissioned by and Premiered (20 October 2018) by Cappella Clausura, Amelia LeClair, Director
From Music for the Psalms

Solo Soprano & Violin 1, Violin 2, Viola, Violoncello

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Psalm 18, Waves of Death Washed Over My Child (2018)

Part of “Children of the Borderlands”
Commissioned by and Premiered (20 October 2018) by Cappella Clausura, Amelia LeClair, Director
From Music for the Psalms

Solo Soprano & Violin 1, Violin 2, Viola, Violincello

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Psalm 22, Mary’s Lament (2014) MP3

Dedicated to Tapestry
Text: Psalter, The Book of Common Prayer (English), St. Benedict: Vigils
From Music for the Psalms

SSMzA

Score
Psalm 27, You Are My Light and My Salvation (2013)

Premiered (21 April 2013) at Night Song (Daryl Bichel, Artistic Director) First Church in Cambridge, Congregational, performed by Viriditas, Cristi Catt, Director
Text: Psalter, The Book of Common Prayer (English)
From Music for the Psalms

SSA & SSSA

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Psalm 40 and Birdsong by Rumi (2016) MP3

Premiered by Viriditas, Cristi Catt, Director, at Night Song, First Church in Cambridge, Congregational

Text: Rumi (Birdsong) and The Psalter, The Book of Common Prayer (English)
From Music for the Psalms

Text

Birdsong brings relief to my longing
I’m just as ecstatic as they are, but with nothing to say!
Please universal soul, practice some song or something through me!
You heard my cry.
You put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to you:
Amen.

SSSA

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Psalm 55, Wings Like a Dove (2016)

Part of  “Birds of the Psalms”
Commssioned by and Premiered (October 2016) by Cappella Clausura, Amelia LeClair, Director
Commercial Release Fall 2017 by Cappella Clausura, Amelia LeClair, Director, and online July 2018 by PARMA
Text: Psalter, The Book of Common Prayer (English)
From Music for the Psalms

SSSA/SSAA

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Psalm 61, I Will Dwell in Your House Forever (2016)

Part of “Birds of the Psalms”
Commissioned by and Premiered (October 2016) by Cappella Clausura, Amelia LeClair, Director
Commercial Release Fall 2017 by Cappella Clausura, Amelia LeClair, Director, and online July 2017 by PARMA
Text: Psalter, The Book of Common Prayer (English)
From Music for the Psalms

SSA

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Psalm 107, We Give Thanks to You (2013) MP3

Premiered (24 November 2013) at Night Song (Daryl Bichel, Artistic Director) by Viriditas, Cristi Catt, Director
First Church in Cambridge, Congregational
Text: Psalter, The Book of Common Prayer (English)
From Music for the Psalms

SSSA

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Psalm 139, Where Can I Go From Your Spirit? (2018)

Part of “Psalms of Luminous Rescue”
Commissioned by Elizabeth Bradley and Coro Allegro, David Hodgkins, Artistic Director
and Premiered on 20 May 2018 by Coro Allegro, Sonja Dutoit Tengblad, soprano, Church of the Covenant, Boston
In Memory of Our Foremothers, Who Fought For Our Deliverance
Text adapted from The Psalter, The Book of Common Prayer
From Music for  the Psalms

Solo Soprano, SSA, Oboe, Viola, & Violoncello

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Psalm 145 (in four movements) (2013)

Premiered (6 January 2014) at Night Song (Daryl Bichel, Artistic Director) by Viriditas (Cristi Catt, Director)
First Church in Cambridge, Congregational
Text: Psalter, The Book of Common Prayer (English)
From Music for the Psalms

  1. I will exalt you MP3
  2. You are gracious, full of compassion MP3
  3. You are faithful
  4. My mouth shall speak your praise MP3

Solo Soprano & Harpsichord/Piano

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Psalm 147, You lift up Jerusalem (2014)

Dedicated to Angelus, Dana Taylor, Director
Text: From the Hebrew, Transliteration by Alan J . Green
From Music for the Psalms

SSAA

Psalms of Luminous Rescue (2018) 35

Commissioned by Elizabeth Bradley and Coro Allegro, David Hodgkins, Artistic Director
and Premiered on 20 May 2018 by Coro Allegro, Sonja Dutoit Tengblad, soprano, Church of the Covenant, Boston
In Memory of Our Foremothers, Who Fought For Our Deliverance
Text adapted from The Psalter, The Book of Common Prayer
From Music for the Psalms

  1. Psalm 59, O Rescue Me
  2. Psalm 12, O Help, For There Are No Faithful Left
  3. Psalm 30, I will Exalt You
  4. Psalm 28, I Praise You
  5. Psalm 68, Let Us Be Glad
  6. Psalm 139, Where Can I Go From Your Spirit?
  7. Psalm 143, O, Hear My Prayer
  8. Psalm 188, The Evil Surround Me
  9. Psalm 48, Be Still
  10. Luminous Rescue
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Reaping (1987) 7

Premiered (Fall 1988) in the dance “Hands of Wind”; Monica Levy, Choreographer, Transition Dance Company of London

Solo Violin, 4 Mandolins & String Orchestra

Sea Shanty (2005) 3.5 MP3

Commissioned by Jimmy Bastille, wooden boatmaker, in exchange for fixing a door
Text by Patricia Van Ness (English)

Male and/or Female Voices & Fiddle (Female voices sing an octave higher than marked in score)

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Thanksgiving Music (1987) 6

Premiered (4 March 1994) in the dance “Zerkolo”; Beth Soll, Choreographer, Festival on the Volga, Russia

Solo Soprano, Mandolin, & String Orchestra

Tu Risa / Your Laughter (Solo Alto & Guitar/Harpsichord/Piano) (1996) 12

Premiered (12 October 1999) by Ellen Hargis, soprano, and Peter Sykes, harpsichord, Kings Chapel, Boston
Text by Pablo Neruda (Spanish)

  1. Quitame el pan
  2. Mi lucha es dura y vuelvo
  3. Amor mio
  4. Junto al mar en otone
  5. Riete de la noche

Solo Alto & Guitar/Harpsichord/Piano

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Tu Risa / Your Laughter (Solo Soprano & Guitar/Harpsichord/Piano (1996) 12

Premiered (12 October 1999) by Ellen Hargis, soprano, and Peter Sykes, harpsichord, Kings Chapel, Boston
Text by Pablo Neruda (Spanish)

  1. Quitame el pan
  2. Mi lucha es dura y vuelvo
  3. Amor mio
  4. Junto al mar en otone
  5. Riete de la noche

Solo Soprano & Guitar/Harpsichord/Piano

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Voice of the Tenth Muse (The) (1998) 39 min

Commissioned by and Premiered (15 November 1998), by Coro Allegro
David Hodgkins, Director, soprano Ruth Cunningham
Text by Sappho (Old Greek and English)

  1. So I pray (Greek) MP3
  2. Come to me from Krete (Greek) MP3
  3. I urge you (Greek)
  4. Now she stands among Lydian women (English) MP3
  5. To me it seems that man has the fortune of the gods (Greek) MP3
  6. Some say an army of horsemen (English) MP3
  7. On the throne of many hues, Immortal Aphrodite (English) MP3
  8. So I pray (Reprise) (Greek) MP3
  9. Many crowns of violets, roses and crocuses (Greek)

Solo Soprano & SSAATTBB

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