Piano Commission: Concordia Piano Prelude Series

Concordia Publishing House has commissioned me to write a new setting of Kevin Hildebrand’s hymn tune “Lord of Life” (“O Christ, Who Shared Our Mortal Life”), which will be be included in the forthcoming Piano Prelude Series, volume 6 (tunes beginning with J/K/L). Building upon the success of Hymn Prelude Library, Concordia is now embarking on another exciting project: Piano Prelude Series. Like the Hymn Prelude Library, this collection will feature preludes on all the hymns of Lutheran Service Book, but this time for piano.

The Contrite Heart (Timothy Shaw) added to the Shaw Music catalog

This choral prayer is an original setting of William Cowper’s hymn, first published in the Olney Hymns collection. Working through a complex emotional and spiritual journey, the text ultimately points toward healing in God’s providence. The hymn was superscribed with Isaiah 57:15, “For thus says the One who is high and lifted up, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: ‘I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly, and to revive the heart of the contrite’.”

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Piano Prelude Series vol 4 published by Concordia

Following the successful Hymn Prelude Library series for organ, Concordia has released a new collection of piano preludes based on the hymn tunes found in Lutheran Service Book. This collection features newly composed pieces by dozens of composers who write in a variety of styles and harmonizations. The pieces are useful as preludes, postludes, music at the offering, for introductions, and during distribution, as well as for those who play hymns at home. The durable wire binding ensures that each page lies flat against the music stand. Piano Prelude Series vol 4 (preludes for tunes starting with the letters ‘F’ and ‘G’) includes my setting of {Gelobet seist du} (“We Praise You, Jesus, at Your Birth“).

Facebook Live Mini-Concert, May 7, 7:30 pm

Tune in Thursday, May 7, 7:30 pm, for a Facebook Live Mini-Concert, featuring Noelle Kelly, soprano. Timothy Shaw’s new Five Short Songs (composed March 28-30, 2020), on poems by Sara Teasdale, will be given its premiere performance. This informal program is being sponsored by Proclamation Presbyterian Church (Bryn Mawr, PA), who are hosting similar events every Thursday through June. To view the concert, click here.

A Composer’s Roots

Sorting through old files, I came across the first piece I ever wrote: “Melody of Praise” for Handbell Choir (1989). I wrote this at the invitation of my first piano teacher, who directed a handbell choir at the small private school I attended in rural New Hampshire. Here are the score and the original manuscript, including edits in green. (I thought I had neater hand-writing when I was in seventh grade!)

Twelve Songs on Teasdale Poems added to the Shaw Music catalog

A dozen poems by celebrated American poet Sara Teasdale (1884-1933) are given original musical settings in these delightful, tuneful songs for medium voice with piano accompaniment. These short songs were written during March-April 2020, and are ideal for use by singers of all ability levels in recitals, concerts, and private lessons. Poems are selected from: Helen of Troy and Other Poems (1911), Rivers to the Sea (1915), Love Songs (1917), and Flame and Shadow (1920).

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Do Not I Love Thee, O My Lord? published by Augsburg Fortress

Augsburg Fortress has published my anthem, “Do Not I Love Thee, O My Lord?” (SATB, a cappella). This is a sensitive, expressive anthem based on the sturdy early American tune DETROIT, perfectly capturing the deeply personal text that seeks to grow in the love for God. The piece also received an Editors’ Choice designation from JW Pepper.

Publishing (MorningStar) update 4.3.20

MorningStar Music will publish my newest Christmas anthem, “Love Came Down at Christmas,” on a picturesque text by Christina Rossetti. The original music is scored for Unison Choir (with an optional descant on the final stanza), Piano, and optional Treble Instrument. This piece is scheduled to be published as part of MorningStar’s Fall 2021 release.