Dona Nobis Pacem • SSA, Piano, & Cello

ONA NOBIS PACEM was commissioned by the Eastern Division of the American Choral Director’s Association. It was premiered on February 13, 2016 at Boston’s historic Jordan Hall.

Composed for the Elementary School Honor’s Choir, its premiere is conducted by Fernando Malvar-Ruiz. It is scored for SSA Choir, piano and optional cello.

The refrain is in Latin and English: “Dona nobis pacem. Grant us Peace.” The verses are comprised of quotes by St. Francis, Mahatma Gandhi, and Martin Luther King Jr.:

  • Make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred let me sow love. It is in giving that we receive and in forgiving we are set free. ~ St. Francis
  • Nonviolence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind. It is mightier than the mightiest weapon of destruction. ~ Mahatma Gandhi
  • Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice is a threat to justice everywhere. everywhere. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice is a threat to justice everywhere. Love is the only force only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

You may purchase a downloadable Digital PDF of the score. ($49.00)
• Upon purchase, you will receive an email from which you can download the score.
The PDF download includes the full score as well as the individual cello part.
• If your choir is non-professional, you are given a free license to copy as many as are required for practice and performance with the purchase of a digital copy (PDF). But you may not disseminate copies of any kind, including but not limited to digital and hard copies.
• If you are a for-profit organization and/or intend to record this work, or for placement in film, TV, any etc., please contact us at RJC AT rjcceciliamusic DOT com for additional contractual information.

Look back again soon as a recording will be posted as soon as possible!

Podcast • Communion Antiphons for Advent on “Sounds from the Spires”

THE COLLECTION of Communion Antiphons for Advent was recently featured on “Sounds from the Spires” on SIRIUS XM 129 Radio, The Catholic Channel.

I had the opportunity to speak with the program’s host, Dr. Jennifer Pascual, Director of Music for Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City.

We discussed the antiphons/propers of the Mass as well as the composition process of this new collection of propers. Why is it important to sing the propers? What scriptures do we sing during Advent? This is the kind of thing I find exciting.

• PODCAST • Listen here to the program broadcast on 12.13.2015:

You can listen to the music on this program here:

Communion Antiphons for Lent

AM PLEASED to announce the release of my Communion Antiphons for Lent with World Library Publications.

These thirteen antiphons are set from the English translation of the Roman Missal, Third Edition. All the verses set are those prescribed by Graduale Romanum.

Scores are available in hard copies or digital format:

Order • View sample pages:
Octavo • “Communion Antiphons for Lent” (for SATB Choir; Cantor; Assembly)

“Click & Print” • PDF Download:
PDF • “Communion Antiphons for Lent” (for SATB Choir; Cantor; Assembly)

All are chant based.
Can be sung with cantor or unison schola
Ample opportunity for optional SATB

HERE YOU CAN LISTEN to recordings of seven of the thirteen communion propers directed by Paul French. French and his singers beautifully captured the joy, movement, and energy of these chant based works.

LSO AVAILABLE:

Hard copies and downloadable digital scores of the Communion Antiphons for Advent, published with World Library Publications.

You can listen to recordings directed by Paul French here.

Soli Deo gloria

Thank a Church Musician Today! | St. Cecilia Day Variations

THANK A CHURCH MUSICIAN TODAY! Thank your choir! Church musicians put in long hours away from family, missing weekends and evenings. They don’t get paid much money even when at the highest levels of their profession and art. But making music for God is in their blood. They know no other way to live!

St. Cecilia“Playing the organ, Cecilia chanted to the Lord, saying: Let my heart be made spotless, so that I may not be confounded.” – Vespers Antiphon for the Feast of St. Cecilia, November 22

 VIEW SAMPLE SCORE: St. Cecilia Day Variations

    • ($19.00) Digital PDF copy comes with reprint license limited to use for one performer. You do not have permission to disseminate the score. Upon purchase, you will receive an email from which you can download the score.

  • Recording by Richard J. Clark on the 1999 Smith & Gilbert Organ, St. Cecilia Church, Boston, MA with St. Cecilia Men’s Schola:

    ADVENT IS NEAR!

    Hard copies and downloadable digital scores of the Communion Antiphons for Advent, published with World Library Publications.

    You can listen to recordings directed by Paul French here.

The Greatest in the Kingdom

FOR OUR FIRST CHILD, our daughter, I composed a hymn based on the story found in three Gospels (Matthew, Mark and Luke) about the disciples arguing over who would be the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven. Jesus then shows them a little child:

Matthew 18: 1-5: At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me.”

It is made available for digital download in two different keys, one lower, which is more ideal for a congregation to sing. A higher key is also provided to allow the sopranos to soar.

($39.00) Digital PDF copy comes with reprint license limited to use for one choir. Upon purchase, you will receive an email from which you can download the score. You do not have permission to disseminate the score in any form.

Here is a live recording (2007—lower key) performed by Youth Pro Musica and the St. Cecilia Choir, Boston, with Peter Krasinski, organ.

The Seraphim Singers • World Première of work by Adam Wood and Richard J. Clark

HAVE LONG ADMIRED the writing of poet Adam Wood (b. 1982); his poetry, prose, and commentary are distinct, stemming in part from eclectic passions which include liturgy, theology, technology, economics and the Open Source. The results of such combination of interests are fascinating.

When Jennifer Lester, Director of The Seraphim Singers, asked me to compose another work for them on sacred poetry, I eagerly dug into Adam Wood’s work. His dedication to the spirit, art, and intellect (often infused with sharp wit) constitute a distinctly unique body of work from which one will elicit much inspiration and insight.

The result of this collaboration is On Emptiness, Wisdom, and Fortune (2014) which combines two of Wood’s poems On Fortune and On Emptiness. You can read Adam Wood’s essays and poems here.

IF YOU ARE IN THE BOSTON AREA be sure not to miss this premiere as part the Seraphim Singer’s “For Heaven Is a Different Thing.” Choral Settings of Sacred Poetry. There will be two performances:

Sunday, October 25, 2015, 3:00pm
First Church (Congregational) 11 Garden St., Cambridge, MA

Friday, October 30, 2015, 8:00pm
St. Cecilia Parish, 18 Belvidere St., Boston, MA

$20 general admission and $15 senior/student.
• Tickets are available at the door or purchase online here
• Download the concert program here
• Download the concert poster here

HE SERAPHIM SINGERS ARE ENORMOUS ADVOCATES of new music with several new commissions each year. Jennifer Lester’s programming is astonishingly vast, from Gregorian Chant and Renaissance Polyphony to Twenty-first Century works. Yet, her programming flows with astounding unity and beauty. The Boston Music Intelligencer writes:

“Ingenious programming by Jennifer Lester…”

“Anyone who cares about these genres owes it to him/herself to hear this gifted ensemble whenever possible.”

“Technically, the ensemble was in fine form, performing incredibly challenging choral repertoire with a high degree of finesse.”

Hope to see you there!

Communion Antiphons for Advent • World Library Publicatons

ORLD LIBRARY Publications, the music and liturgy division of J. S. Paluch Company, Inc. has recently released my collection of Communion Antiphons for Advent. WLP will follow up shortly with my settings of communion propers for Lent.

The antiphons are set from the English translation of the Roman Missal, Third Edition, which during Advent are congruent with the Graduale Romanum. Likewise, the verses set are those prescribed by Graduale Romanum.

Scores are available in hard copies or digital format:

Order • View sample pages:
Octavo • “Communion Antiphons for Advent” (for SATB Choir; Cantor; Assembly)

“Click & Print” • PDF Download:
PDF • “Communion Antiphons for Advent” (for SATB Choir; Cantor; Assembly)

All are chant based.
Can be sung with cantor or unison schola
Ample opportunity for optional SATB
Includes an additional setting for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception

BE SURE TO LISTEN to the recordings directed by Paul French, Director of the William Ferris Chorale and Music Director of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Chicago. French and his singers beautifully captured the joy, movement, and energy of these chant based works. Glorious Things Are Spoken for the Immaculate Conception was recorded at St. Cecilia Church in Boston with Jaime Korkos, mezzo-soprano and Marc DeMille, baritone.

NFUSE CHANT WITH PASSION! Most of these settings are marked con moto. Chant or chant-based works must not be lethargic, plodding and as a result boring. They can be tranquil at times, but yearn for movement.

Taken directly form the scriptures of Advent, we have been singing these texts together as a Church for about thirteen hundred years. This is an extraordinary sign of unity and communion with our ancestors!

And the tradition lives and breathes within us today. It informs us of who we are. It connects us to the very source of life in the Eucharist. Finally, our traditions propel us toward an intimate relationship with God.

In the end, I hope these are useful, prayerful, reverent, and with a bit of passion.

Soli Deo gloria

Music for the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

F YOU ARE LOOKING FOR some last minute selections of sacred music for the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, look no further:

Download here several FREE Responsorial psalms from the Chabanel Psalm Project — settings by Jeff Ostrowski, Royce Nickel, Arlene, Oost-Zimmer, Aristotle Esguerra, Richard Rice, and Sam Schmitt, and yours truly.

Download here several FREE Gospel Acclamations.

Download a FREE communion proper: PDF • Communion Antiphon | Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary | Mass of the Day (Congregation part on Pg. 3) This setting is based on the Magnificat Tone 2. As the prescribed verses are the Magnificat itself, the verses alone can also be used for Vespers.

INALLY, A CHORAL SETTING of the Ave Maria, available from RJC Cecilia Music) for both SSAT and TTBB, performed here by the American Boychoir, conducted by Fernando Mavar-Ruiz.

• Photo courtesy of Len Levasseur | The Assumption Window at St. Cecilia Church, Boston

The Lord Is My Shepherd | SSA Choir

HE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD is now available for digital download.

Composed for SSA choir and piano, it can be learned quickly in one or two rehearsals.The text from Psalm 23 is taken from the universally known King James Bible.

You may purchase a downloadable Digital PDF of the score. Upon purchase, you will receive an email from which you can download the score.

    • ($29.00) Digital PDF copy comes with reprint license limited to use for one choir. You do not have permission to disseminate the score.

Listen here to a recording by the Boston City Singers, recorded live at mass at St. Cecilia Parish in Boston.

Lumen Christi—Paschal Candle Procession


Lumen ChristiLumen Christi is available exclusively through CanticaNOVA Publications

2010 Translation of the Roman Missal:
“Lumen Christi. The Light of Christ.
Deo Gratias. Thanks be to God.”

Gary Penkala writes: “The Paschal Candle Procession at the Easter Vigil is a solemn and joyful liturgical moment. After having struck the New Fire and prepared the Paschal Candle, the celebrant commissions the deacon to lead the procession carrying the Light of Christ into the church followed by the ministers and congregation. Lumen Christi by Richard Clark facilitates all the traditional elements of this procession: singing the response thrice, each time on successively higher pitches and accompanying the procession with choral embellishment, all a cappella (as the organ is still silent). –Expertly arranged and beautifully written, Lumen Christi will enhance the grandeur of this special processional.” — CanticaNOVA Publications

“…expertly arranged and prayerfully sung processional magnified the pronouncement of Christ as light of the world. As the church became illuminated with our growing candlelight, the processional music soared in a circling succession of musical keys, continuing to resonate a fuller and more robust response, with each dialogue and choral embellished throughout this processional triptych of symbolic human sound. It was transformative.”

Denise Morency Gannon – Ministry & Liturgy Magazine