A musical sermon on the importance of balance in nature and in ourselves. The music itself demonstrates balance between major and minor, loud and soft, male and female voices. SATB w. piano. Level of difficulty: moderate. Duration: 4:50.
About knowing that others share the problems we face. Two arrangements are available, the original for SATB and a new version for SATB with SA duet obligato. A recording of the original by the UUFR choir is provided. Level of difficulty: Moderate for original, Easy for new. Duration: 3:20.
Inspired by the tolling of a bell to end meditation, this anthem asks the choir to reverse the process, to "untoll" the bell so that meditation may continue. A tour de force for the choir. This anthem would be appropriate for a sermon about meditation. SATB, piano, bell in A. Level of difficulty: High. Duration: 3 min.
A special benediction, perhaps for the end of the season or as a surprise. Two versions available, SATB a cappella or with piano. Level of difficulty: High a cappella, moderate with piano. 2 minutes.
Going forth with thanks and openness. SATB, piano.
Proclaiming the creation of the living and nonliving aspects of the universe and the links between them. The choir as God. SATB, piano. Degree of difficulty: High. Duration: 3:50
The original version had the choir singing a cappella half the time. Because this was difficult for our choir I arranged a new version in which a guitar accompanies the choir in those parts.
The third version with piano, trumpet and clarinet accompaniment was arranged for a concert at which orchestral instruments were available but not a guitar. The clarinet takes over the guitar part, somewhat revised, and the trumpet is added to the proclamations about creation of the physical world.
The spring season as described by Langston Hughes. These words are also set to music and offered as a reading in the UU hymnal. Permission has been granted by The Estate of Langston Hughes to copy and perform this score for noncommercial purposes. SATB, piano. Level of difficulty: Easy. Duration: 3:20
Note: The second recording is of a rehearsal by the choir of UU Fellowship of Raleigh.
The story of the development of life on Earth. Evolution revealed as an intelligent way to design life. The music evolves with the story. SATB, piano. Degree of difficulty: High. Duration: 4:30.
Evolution Fantasy is a shorter, simpler version prepared for a small choir. SAB, piano. Degree of difficulty: Moderate. Duration: 4:05.
The creation and unfolding of the universe in three minutes. The refrain: There is no God but Big Bang. SATB, piano. Level of difficulty: Moderate. Duration: 3:15.
About taking on challenges alone or together. My first anthem, written in 1962 with a text adapted from a reading by Kenneth Patton. SATB, piano. Level of difficulty: easy. Duration: 3:15.