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Organ Commission: Proclaim! Preludes and Harmonizations for the Hymn of the Day

Concordia Publishing House has commissioned me to write a new prelude and harmonization on the hymn tune “Jesu, meine Freude” (“Jesus, Priceless Treasure”), which will be be included in a forthcoming edition of Proclaim! Preludes and Harmonizations for the Hymn of the Day. The Proclaim! series provides organists with substantive service music and hymn harmonizations for the Hymn of the Day as found in the One-Year and Three-Year Lectionaries of Lutheran Service Book. Each edition includes settings from a variety of composers and offers a broad representation of artistry and style. This new collection is scheduled to be published in 2021.

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.

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. Five selections from Timothy Shaw’s new Twelve Songs on Teasdale Poems (composed March-April, 2020), on poems by Sara Teasdale, will be given their 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.

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 4.3.2020

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.

Toccata Joyeuse (Daniel Barta) added to the Shaw Music catalog

This advanced organ solo, written for a three-manual instrument, is perfect for the concert stage, recitals, and extra special occasions in worship. Daniel Barta provides a piece that is expansive its design and full of emotional depth, and he allows the organist to explore the full range of the instrument’s color combinations. A delight for performer and listener alike, this work is one you will want to perform repeatedly. Preview the score and listen to an excellent full-length recording here.

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