• Drake
    Posts: 175
    I'd like to share a three part setting of O Vos Omnes that I recently composed for our ladies' schola. I think it has some affinity to my O Magnum Mysterium setting while still being very different. I hope some of you may be able to use it. Free PDF and playback may be found at the following link:

    https://www.catholicliving.net/o-vos-omnes/
  • Hello Michael. I just wanted to reach out and say how much I am enjoying perusing your entire catalogue - and learning from it. I looked at your bio, and like you, my career was spent in IT. Unlike you, however, I did not begin composing/arranging in earnest until I retired last May. Now I have 66 years of music circling in my head looking for a landing zone. Most everything I do is specifically for my home church organist and choir. But our choir would not be capable of doing justice to most of your works. We occasionally bring in professional string quartets and brass quartets. As I listen to some of your choral works, I think how nice they might sound being done by strings or brass. Would you be receptive to me scoring some for strings or brass or organ plus strings/brass for use in our services? Obviously, I wouldn't distribute them in any fashion beyond use in our service, and I'd ensure you were credited as the composer on the sheet music. And I'd be happy to submit them for your approval in advance.
  • Drake
    Posts: 175
    Hello, @MarkRippe, welcome to the forum, and thank you for the very nice compliment on my compositions! I generally do not put many dynamic or interpretive marks in my choral scores to give directors some leeway in how they interpret the piece for a specific ensemble. In a similar vein, I'm not opposed to your idea of adapting some of the choral music for instruments for your own local use, if that works better for your choir/musicians. Just add your initials as the arranger.
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  • Drake
    Posts: 175
    There is something important I would like to clarify about my compositions in general, as liturgical music itself is an expression of faith, and there are a variety of faiths represented on this forum. I mention it in this thread due to the above request to arrange some of my compositions.

    It is probably obvious from my website that I am a Catholic and that I hold to all that the Holy Catholic Church teaches. If I did not believe Catholicism is the one and only true Faith, I would not be Catholic. My compositions, therefore, are an expression of my Catholic Faith, and are intended for the Catholic liturgy.

    In freely sharing my compositions, it is not my intention to participate remotely in the worship of other faiths. Honestly, because I write compositions almost exclusively on Latin texts, I wasn't expecting there to be much interest in my compositions among Protestant denominations.

    I know that some of my compositions have been sung elsewhere, such as at a Lutheran church, and likely other places unbeknownst to me. After all, the scores are freely available. In these instances, it is my hope that the compositions are still a witness to the Catholic Faith, that God may use them to draw souls to Himself and to His Church.

    I mean no offense, but I simply wish to clarify that my compositions are inherently Catholic and that I hope for the day when the Protestants are converted, when there will be one flock and one Shepherd.
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  • francisfrancis
    Posts: 9,665
    Drake

    Spot on as a composer who thinks in the same vein.
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  • MarkRippe
    Posts: 6
    Thank you for your very kindly worded clarification. I did not disclose my personal affiliation initially because I did not realize it was relevant. While I am pretty well versed in scripture and all my works are rooted in scriptural texts, I am not Roman Catholic and know practically nothing of the traditions of the Roman Catholic Church. But I confess that I very quickly began to sense how important those criteria are for participation in this forum. If I had “lurked” for a while before jumping in, I might have discovered that and quietly slipped out the back door. Please accept that I meant no offense. I don’t wish my participation in this (or any other) forum to cause others angst or discomfort. And now I’ll slip out the back door. May God bless you and keep you.
  • Drake
    Posts: 175
    @MarkRippe, it was not my intention to dissuade you from this forum in the least. As I mentioned, there are a variety of faiths represented here, even if Catholicism is the predominant one. Your participation here is not a source of offense, angst, or discomfort.

    I felt compelled to explain where I was coming from as a Catholic composer with respect to my compositions, and that is all. I hope you stick around and continue to be as active as you would like. There are a lot of great and learned musicians here, and there is certainly room for your contribution. Please don't just slip out the back door.

    God bless!
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  • m_r_taylor
    Posts: 272
    Er... @MarkRippe please do stick around! I'm here almost entirely for the new music and the odd question or two, and I'd hate to see you go.
  • StimsonInRehabStimsonInRehab
    Posts: 1,755
    Please stay, Mark! This forum is by no means an echo chamber. I mean, they’ve put up with my semi-schismatic detritus long enough...
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