music for tb choir

 

Black is the Color.... 

Wisconsin Men's All-State Choir, Lee Nelson, Conductor

This is an arrangement of John Jacob Niles' beloved folk song, "Black is the Color of My True Love's Hair".  The arrangement makes use of a guitar-like piano accompaniment that serves as the driving force behind the piece. Much like a folk musician playing increasingly intensely as the text becomes more dramatic. 

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Jesu Dulcis Memoria

Written for Lee Nelson and the Wartburg College Ritterchor

I wrote this as a junior in college at Wartburg College. It was one of my first adventures into writing for choirs. The work is written in the style of a Renaissance motet for men's voices, yet makes use of contemporary harmony. Whilst composing the work I was heavily influenced by the work of Morten Lauridsen, his sound is not lost on this piece. 

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Light the World

written for Ted Brimeyer and the Urbandale High School Men's Choir

 

The work is set to a synthesized text by three different presidential inaugural addresses. The texts are intended to inspire hope and purpose in what was a very difficult year for those of us who traversed the terrain of the 2017 Presidential election. The work is fast and spirited in ways that compliment men's singing. A rather involved accompaniment adds to the drama of these ever-inspiring words.

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She Walks in Beauty

written for Andrew Last and the Luther College Norsemen

Written as a gift to a friend. I set one of, if not, the seminal poem in vocal music, Lord Byron's 'She Walks in Beauty'. Andrew suggested Oboe obliggato, which I gladly obliged. Canonic writing appears at the end of the work which finely represents the ray of light spoken of early on. 

Work was performed for Minnesota and Texas All-State Men's Choirs.

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