Choral

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Choral music is one of my favorite and most personal mediums. When we sing, we use what God has provided; nothing else is necessary. I spent my early years singing in choirs of all kinds, both in school and in church. These associations continued through college and graduate school, where I had the opportunity to work with some of the finest conductors of the day. 

The “selected” list below is long; hopefully it demonstrates my love of choral writing. Many fine musicians have come to my aid in performing these pieces, too many to mention. I thank all of them, and cherish the many wonderful moments that we shared in the creative process. 

 

I owe a special debt of gratitude to the late John W. Williams, (1940-2011) one of the finest choral conductors that I have ever known. I first worked with John as a college student at Wittenberg University; for more than 20 years, he provided opportunities for me to work with his choirs and master my choral writing skills. More importantly, he was a mentor and teacher; his programming taught me a great deal about the art of writing for voices. I also owe much of my choral conducting skills to what I learned from this man. 

 

John’s own passion for music making inspired him to take on enormous projects at times, ones with considerable risk, both professional and personal. Some people would urge caution, but John was not the type of man to stand down! His determination rubbed off on this student. Don’t be afraid to challenge yourself. Take those risks and live a life that is worth remembering, one that serves others and changes lives. 

 


 

 

 

Choral

The Lockless Door (2019)
SATB, Chorus, Piano
This Little Light of Mine (2019)
SATB Chorus, Piano
This Day of Being (2018)
SATB, unaccompanied 
O Mistress Mine (2017)
SATB, unaccompanied 
Blessed are the People (1981; revised 2017)
Two-part chorus, Solo flute, organ
Oh For a Thousand Tongues to Sing (2016)
SATB Chorus, organ
Pied Beauty (2014)

SATB Chorus, Solo French Horn, piano.

 
Great Spirit Come…… (2012)

From The Trinity Suite, for trumpet/flugelhorn and organ. 

 
Lord, Make Me An Instrument (2011)

SATB Chorus, piano.

 

 

I'm Nobody!: Three Songs of Emily  (2010 - 15)
SATB Chorus, Piano
     I'm Nobody! 
     Hope is the Thing with Feathers 
     A Little East of Jordan 

 
Elijah and the Raven (2008)

SATB chorus, a cappella.

 

O God Our Help in Ages Past (2007)

SATB chorus, a cappella.

 

Set Me as a Seal (2004)

SATB chorus, a cappella, with solo flute.

 

Zacchaeus (2001)
No Room (2001)

SATB chorus, a cappella.  

 

Nu sculon herigean (1999)

SATB Chorus, soprano solo, organ.

 

Psalm 103 (Bless the Lord, O my Soul) (1998)
SATB chorus, a cappella
      Bless the Lord, O My Soul
      As for Man, His Days are Like the Grass
      The Lord Has Established his Kingdo

 

A Message from Paul (1997)

Double-chorus, a cappella.

 
Dying at My Music! (1992)

SATB chorus (4-8 parts), flute choir, piano.

Jeanie With the Light Brown Hair (1989)

Arrangement of a song by Stephen Foster for SATB chorus, a cappella. Published by Hinshaw Press

 

Magnificat/Nunc dimittis (1991)

Unison / 2-part choir.

 
Live Always in this Knowing (1990)

SATB chorus, organ.

 
Absolute and Nothing (1989)

SATB chorus, flute, viola, soprano and tenor soloists, piano. 

 
Shenandoah (1989)

Male chorus, a cappella

 
The War Prayer (1989)

Narrators, Mixed chorus, piano, percussion ensemble. 

 

Antigone/Creon (1987)

Male chorus, orchestra. Doctoral dissertation.

 

Songs of Celebration (1986)
Soprano, SATB chorus, string quartet, organ. 
      Resurrection Day
      The Paschal Presence
      Song to the Holy Spirit

 
What Sweeter Music (1984)

SATB chorus, organ. 

 
Look to this Day! (1987)
Published by Gentry Press (Hal Leonard)

SATB Chorus, piano.

 

Annabel Lee (1984)

Male Chorus, piano.

 
Monotone (1983)

SATB Chorus, piano.

 

Christmas Joy (1980)

Mixed chorus, baritone solo, orchestra.

NOTES: CHORAL MUSIC

 

 

Writing for solo voice, like choral music is a great source of personal satisfaction.  My work in this area encompasses both sacred and secular music, simple songs and larger song cycles. Some of the works in this section have been published in the past, but are currently out of print. I hope to resolve this situation in the future; for now, please contact me directly for more information regarding these works.

Writing song cycles is a particularly strong interest; my wife Joan says that I work best with the large scale stuff!  I do like the opportunity to create a larger dramatic structure, and to look for ways to make connection between movements. Working with the poetry of Langston Hughes has afforded me this pleasure; not only in the Langston's Lot cycle that is listed here, but also in a new follow-up collection that will be online soon!  In years past, I have also benefitted from similar experiences with texts taken from the Song of Solomon (Songs of the Beloved) and civil rights leader Benjamin Chablis (Psalms from Prison). Some of these latter works are sold and pre-computer, but I hope to have them available online in the not-so-distant future. 

In recent months, I have enjoyed a return to smaller projects, courtesy of the talents of my Heidelberg colleague, Bill Reyer. The Simple Songs that are listed at the top of this current inventory are short poems that Bill  sent to me ; I have provided a musical response. Excerpts from the songs are available by selecting the given title. Full copies are available on request1!

VOICE

 

Teasdale Songs (2019-2020)

Soprano, piano

     A Minuet of Mozart's

     Broadway

     Faces

     In a Cuban Garden

     The Kiss

 

Simple Songs (2016 - 2018)

Baritone, piano

     Haiku  

     A  Summer Lizard

     A Prayer for this Day

     Your Lullaby: Words to a Newborn

     Still the Same

     I Can't Breathe........ (Baritone version)  (2020)

     I  Can't Breathe.........(Tenor version) (2020)

Balm (2015)

Soprano, organ

Langston's Lot: Song is a Strong Thing (2015-16)

     Dream Variations

     Spirituals

     Breath of a Rose

     Listen Here Blues

     Troubled Woman

     Alabama Earth

     Spring Song

I Will Lift Up My Eyes (2011)

Soprano, piano. 

Blooming in Eden (2004)

Soprano and piano.

 

Langston’s Lot (1996)

     I’ve Known Rivers

      Joy

     Conservatory Student Speaks of Higher Instrumentation

     Blues at Dawn

     Song for Billie Holiday

     Oppression

     Daybreak in Alabama


Tenor voice, alto saxophone, piano.

 

Songs of the Beloved (1992-93)

     Kiss Me!

     Dream Images (Upon my Bed by Night)

     My Beloved, My Friend

     Set Me as a Seal Upon Your Heart

     My Garden, My Vineyard

 

Soprano, flute, (C flute, alto flute, piccolo), piano, chamber women’s chorus.

 

Three Baptism Songs:

Cradling Children in His Arm (1992)

              Tenor, flute and organ.

 

The Good Shepherd (1989)

              Soprano duet, choir, organ.

 

Baptized into Your Name Most Holy (1986)

              Medium voice, organ. 

 

Set Me as a Seal upon Your Heart (1987)

Soprano, flute. 1987.

 

Songs of Celebration (1986)

     Resurrection Day

     The Paschal Presence

     Song to the Holy Spirit

              

Soprano solo, SATB chamber chorus, string quintet, organ.   

              

Psalms from Prison (1985)

 

     Blessed are the People Oppressed

     How Long Will These Walls Stand?

     Harken to the Cries

     Chains and Leg Irons/Where Do We Go From Here?

     Thou art my Cosigner; Thou art my Shepherd

     I am Compelled to Protest

     We Are Marching

 

Bass-baritone, piano.

 

Four Wedding Songs  (1977 – 1980)

 

     A Wedding Blessing

      Psalm 100

      Hear Us Now Our god and Father

      I Will Sing the Story

 

Medium/high voice, organ; piano accompaniment is also possible.

 NOTES: Vocal Works

 

         William Reyer, Heidelberg University

Organ:  Hymn-based Compositions

 

Adoro Te Devote


Beach Spring

 

Bradbury

Christ the Savior is Born

 

Coronation

Good Christian Friends Rejoice

 

Go Tell it On the Mountain

Holy Manna

 

Houston

 

How Brightly Shines the Morning Star

I Wonder as I Wander

 

Jerusalem

 

Joseph Dearest, Joseph Mine

 

Joy to the World

 

Kingsfold

 

Simple Gifts

 

Sojurner

Twas in the Moon of Wintertime

 

Multi-Movement Works for Organ

As the Light of Light Descending 

Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence

Lord of All in Human Vesture

The Host of Angels Spreads its Vanguard on the way.....

Christ our God to Earth Descending....

Alleluia, God Most High! 

Easter Suite

Morning Song 

Noel Nouvelet 

Easter Hymn 

 

Partita on “Wittenberg New” 

Introduction/Theme: Wittenberg New

Variation I: Bicinium

Variation II: Trio

Variation III: Fantasia/Interlude

Variation IV: Finale

 

Works for Voices, Instruments and Organ

 

Balm 

Soprano and organ

The Trinity Suite

C Trumpet/Flugelhorn and Organ

(Additional forces are required for the middle movement)

Children of Creative Purpose

Great Spirit, Come 

Their High Communion Find 

 

Your Morning Rises as a Song

Alto Saxophone and Organ

NOTES: WORKS FOR KEYBOARD

 

 

 

 

 

 

Works for Solo Harpsichord

 

Travelin’ Music (2012-13)

Prelude: Goin' Get Ready

Goin' Joyful

Goin' Away

Goin' Alone

Goin' to a better place

Goin' to settle down

NOTES: Travelin' Music

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Selected Works for Solo Piano

 

Prelude on a Familiar Tune (2000)

 

from Just a Few Trifles, Some Hymns and a Prayer  (1995)

Invention

Nocturne

Variations on a Mode

 

Buxton Farm (1982)

Piano, four-hands

 

           

Works for Solo Accordion

 

Toccata and Polka in D Minor (2001)

NOTES: WORKS FOR SOLO PIANO, ACCORDION


 

 

Works for Organ

 

For years, my Christmas traditions involve writing a new piece for my wife, Joan.  As you can see, the pieces are hymn-based; this reflects my interest in not only the tune itself, but also the hymn-text that I associate with it. I love hymn texts; they are like mini-sermons. The best ones have a lot to tell us about our relationship with God.

 

Some of these works were designed for use as service music; others are appropriate for recital use. My wife has used these settings for both purposes, but other organists can decide for themselves. The timings are very approximate but are listed to provide a general idea of the piece’s length. I am trying to find time to send these off to publishers; for now, please contact me if you would be interested in performing any of these works.

 

For the convenience of performers, the peices are listed in alphabetical order by hymn tune title. 

             Joan Holder McConnell, organ

    With Jackie Edwards Henry, harpsichord

 

Instrumental

My interest in writing instrumental music has grown in recent years. I have spent more time revising these compositions, perhaps more often than I have done with my vocal or keyboard works.

 

A few pieces exist in multiple versions; other works are re-considerations of earlier projects. Overall, I wish to offer the best of my efforts; some pieces or movements from larger works have been removed from my listings.

 

My instrumental works also show my interest in borrowed source material, hymn tunes, folk material, etc. that inspires my imagination.

With Chi Chen Wu, piano and Gail Lewinsky,

saxophone, after a performance of Happy

Endings. 

While I Run This Race (2020)

Piano Trio (work-in-progress)

 

Langston's Lot: Song is a Strong Thing  (2015-16)

Mezzo-soprano, alto saxophone, piano

         Dream Variations

         Spirituals

         Breath of a Rose

         Listen Here Blues

         Troubled Woman

         Alabama Earth

         Spring Song

 

Ruminating (2014)

Oboe, piano.  (6’)

Four States of Mind (2013-14)

Oboe, piano, four movements.

          Mischievous 

          Tranquil 

          Indulgent 

          Purposeful 

 

Happy Endings (2014-15)

          Song of Human Fraility and Woe

          Novelty Song

          Torch Song

          The Beggar's Scherzo

 

Tenor saxophone and piano

Your Morning Rises With a Song (2013)

Alto saxophone, organ.

The Trinity Suite (2012)

C Trumpet, flugelhorn and organ, three movements.  One movement also features two solo voices, choral voices, and triangle percussion.

          Children of Creative Purpose

           Great Spirit, Come 

           Their High Communion Find 

Triptych (2011)

Trombone, piano, three movements. February 2012

          Spiritual 

          Hymn for Jan B. 

          Drinking Song 

Another Fine Mess (2011)

Flute, guitar. Three movements

          A Normal Deviation

          The Vices of Our Virtues

          Sweet sorrows…….such

Go My Children With My Blessing (2010)

Violin, piano (4')

Piano Trio (2006)

Violin, piano, cello

          Fantasia 

          Invention 

          Nocturne 

          Song Without Words 

Fantasy for the Beloved (1999)

Solo flute.

 

Langston’s Lot (1996) 

Tenor voice, alto saxophone, piano

           I’ve Known Rivers

           Joy

          Conservatory Student Speaks of Higher Instrumentation

          Blues at Dawn

          Song for Billie Holiday

          Oppression

          Daybreak in Alabama

         

A Burgundian Jazz Suite (1994)

Alto saxophone, piano, three movements

          Hommage to Gulliaume (4’)

          Chanson à l’amour (4’)

          L’Homme Armé  (3”30)

NOTES:  INSTRUMENTAL WORKS 

Theatre

 

Oedipus Rex (2019)

Fixed Media score for use in a presentation of Oedipus Rex, by Sophocles

Lysistera (2019)

Fixed media score of use in a presentation of Lysistrata , by Aristophenes. Additional vocal/choral parts provided for certain scenes. 

Picasso at the Lapin-Agile (2014)

Solo accordion incidental music provided for a play by Steve Martin

Lily (1996-98)

A full length one-act opera for children and their families, based on a short story by Walter Wanerin, Jr. 

 

© 2017 by Douglas McConnell

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