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John F Paul Music

Vocal Music

 

Parkland Proverbs

for mezzo, baritone, flute and piano

A setting of ten Hebrew proverbs that cover a gamut of subjects: wisdom, integrity, drink, leadership.

 

Ce pas toute cloche

"It's not all bells that go ding! dong!"

A setting of nine Haitian proverbs for voice and piano.

 

Songs of Up and Down

A song cycle upon texts by Christina Rossetti for two sopranos, tenor and piano.  A musical response to the events of 9/11/01, written to provide hope and comfort after a time of crisis.

An stand-alone version of Song 5 "Jesus alone" is also available.

Memorial Candle
 

Remember all my hope

A setting of Christina Rossetti's poem.

The least, if so I am;

    If so, less than the least,

May I reach heaven to glorify the Lamb

     And sit down at the Feast.


I fear and I am small,

     Whence am I of good cheer;

For I who hear Thy call, have heard Thee call

     To Thee the small who fear.


O Christ my God Who seest the unseen,

     O Christ my God Who knowest the unknown,

     Thy mighty Blood was poured forth to atone

For every sin that can be or hath been.


O Thou Who seest what I cannot see,

     Thou Who didst love us all so long ago,

     O Thou Who knowest what I must not know,

Remember all my hope, remember me.

 

Tonight the angels sing

solo voice and piano versions of the choral piece Tonight the angels sing.

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Somewhere or other

A setting of Christina Rossetti's poem.

Somewhere or other there must surely be

     The face not seen, the voice not heard,

The heart that not yet – never yet – ah me!

     Made answer to my word.


Somewhere or other, may be near or far;

     Past land and sea, clean out of sight;

Beyond the wandering moon, beyond the star

     That tracks her night by night.


Somewhere or other, may be far or near;

     With just a wall, a hedge, between;

With just the last leaves of the dying year

     Fallen on a turf grown green.