Compositions

The following is a list of scores which are available for free download, or for purchase. Free scores can be downloaded as pdf files. Others can be purchased from my page at Score Exchange - just click through the links to get there.

Choral music

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Aaron's Blessing For SATB + piano. Serene and gentle, with a hint of Bach.
Aaron's blessing sample page
 
Father of heaven. SATB + organ. A contrapuntal setting of a Trinity Sunday hymn.
Father of Heaven sample page
Fill thou my life SB + organ. A hymn of dedication.
Fill thou my life sample page
Great is the Lord. SATB + organ/piano. Words from Psalm 145 in an energetic, syncopated musical setting.
Great is the Lord sample
Lead kindly light. SATB + obbligato cello. A prayer for guidance, written at a dark time in my life.
Love bade me welcome. SATB unacc. George Herbert's wonderful poem of acceptance.
Love bade me welcome sample
St. John Mass. SATB + obbligato instrument in Bb (clarinet or soprano sax). Setting of the Sanctus, Benedictus and Agnus dei for use in a Common Worship communion service.

Sanctus sample

Benedictus sample

The Spirit of the Lord. SATB + obbligato clarinet. Suitable for an occasion of dedication or anointing, e.g. confirmation or induction services.
Spirit of the Lord sample

Hymn tunes

Come ye thankful people come. Free Lead sheet. Unison/2 part, with piano and/or guitar. A liively, syncopation setting of traditional words for harvest.  
Come ye thankful people
Love's redeeming work is done. Free Lead sheet. Unison, with piano, plus a melody instrument. A syncopated setting of Wesley's Easter hymn.  
Love's redeeming work
May the mind of Christ my Saviour. Free Lead sheet. Unison, with piano and a melody instrument.  
May the mind
My hope is built on nothing less. Free SATB. Traditional-style hymn tune.  
My hope is built on nothing less
Brightest and best A lilting tune in 6/8, for unison voices with organ or piano  

Christmas

In the bleak midwinter. SATB + piano. New tune for choir or congregation, with piano, of Christina Rossetti's well-known poem.  
Light in the darkness SATB + obbligato violin. With the familiar words from the beginning of John's gospel, this piece was written as an introit for a carol service.
Light in the darkness sample
Telling God's Story SATB + organ. St. Martin-in-the-fields held a competition in 2005 to find the best setting of this Christmas text. Mine was one of the 499 entries that didn't win.
Telling God's story sample
A Christmas Carol For unaccompanied choir. A setting of stanzas from Coleridge's poem 'A Christmas Carol.'  
I sing the birth For unaccompanied choir. Poem by Ben Johnson.  
A virgin unspotted Choir, and instrumental accompaniment (arrangement). A beautiful, modal folk tune, with accompaniment for flute or violin, harp and percussion. Some verses could be sung by soloists.
Infant Holy A contemporary arrangment of this traditional Polish carol, for unaccompanied choir.  
Come thou long-expected Jesus - descant Choir, congregation and organ.  
Hark the Herald angels sing - descant Choir, congregation and organ. A change from the descant in certain familiar carol books.  
It came upon the midnight clear - descant Choir, congregation and organ.  
It came upon the midnight clear string parts. Free A string arrangement of the tune Noel, including an introduction and link between verses 3 and 4. The string parts in verse 4 are compatible with the descant listed above.  
O come, all ye faithful - descant. Choir, congregation and organ. Another alternative descant to the one often heard.  
Once in Royal David's city - descant. Free Choir, congregation and organ
Once in Royal David's City descant
Of the Father's heart begotten - descant Choir, congregation and organ. By the time you've sung all 8 verses of the processional version of this hymn, it needs a really big finish.  
O little town of Bethlehem string parts. Free An arrangement for strings based on the Vaughan Williams harmonization of this carol, but with an added introduction and link into the last verse.  

Other Church Music

Confession. Free Choir and congregation. This sung confession, to one of the texts from Common Worship, needs a choir to sing accompanying harmonies, and a leader, who sings each line of the confession, before the congregation echoes him/her. Originally written for Lent, but it could be used at any time of year.  
Confession
The Lord's prayer. Free Piano and unison voices (for congregation). This uses the contemporary version of the Lord's prayer in Common Worship, and was originally intended for a sung communion service.
The Lord's prayer
God is our refuge (Psalm 46). Free Unison voices and piano. Reflective and still.  
God is our refuge
It is good to praise the Lord (Psalm 92). Free Unison voices and piano. This is jazzy, and needs a keyboard player, and ideally a rhythm section, who can groove. The opening verses of the psalm form a chorus (a congregation could join in if they're adventurous). The verses all have different music, and are rhythmically complex, so these need a group of good singers.  
It is good to praise the Lord
The Lord is my light (Psalm 27). Free Voices and piano. This sets some of the verses of the psalm in a verse and chorus setting. There are a few Gospel influences, and a touch of jazz.  
The Lord is my light
God be in my head. Solo tenor, organ and obbligato soprano saxophone. The text originally comes from a Book of Hours, and has been through various hymn and anthem settings. In this version, the tenor voice sings it quite simply, with echoes and elaborations from the saxophone, and a chordal accompaniment on the organ.
God be in my Head sample
Nunc dimittis. Solo tenor and piano. This uses a modern translation of the canticle, and does not include a gloria. It was originally sung in a carol service, to show Simeon's reverential awe when Jesus was presented in the temple.
Nunc dimittis sample

Solo Songs

Three Shakespeare sonnets.

High voice and piano

The three sonnets in this collection are linked by the themes of love and sincerity - should love always say what it thinks?

Sonnet 138

Sonnet 130

Sonnet 116

Sonnet 138 high voice

Sonnet 130 high voice

Sonnet 116 high voice

Three Shakespeare sonnets. Low voice and piano

Sonnet 138 low voice

Sonnet 130 low voice

Sonnet 116 low voice

 

Drummer Hodge Voice and piano. Text by Thomas Hardy.  
The Man he Killed Voice and piano. Text by Thomas Hardy  
The Outcast Voice and piano. Text by Tennyson  

Woodwind

  Woodwind players: if you are interested in performing any of the pieces from Wood and wires or Via crucis, please contact me to obtain a copy of the score.    

Wind Quintets

These pieces were arranged for and first performed by Syrinx .    
Prelude and Fugue in Bb minor No. 22, from Book 1 of Bach's The Well-tempered Clavier, arranged for a modified wind quintet (Alto flute, oboe, alto clarinet, horn and bassoon).  
Fractured Lines An arrangement of Contrapunctus 1 f rom Bach's The Art of Fugue, in a Klangfarbenmelodie style, for alto flute, oboe d'amore, alto saxophone, horn and bassoon.  

Clarinet Quartets

These pieces were arranged for and first performed by the Polychroma Clarinet Quartet, so named because we particularly enjoy exploring the range of colours obtainable from the different sized members of the clarinet family (with the occasional saxophone thrown in).    
Prelude and fugue in C BWV 547 For a standard clarinet quartet (2 B flat clarinets, alto and bass), arranged from Bach's original for organ.  
Brandenburg 6i An arrangment of Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No, 6, mvt 1..  
Brandenburg 6ii The second movement. The arrangement replaces the alto clarinet in movement 1 with a contra alto, to allow for the highly independent cello and violone parts Bach writes in this movement..  
Brandenburg 6iii The third movement.  
Six Romanian Dances An arrangement of Bartok's Six Romanian Dances, originally for piano, but also existing in versions for violin and clarinet. Three of the players are required to change instruments in this arrangement, including a soprano saxophone and either a high piccolo Ab clarinet, or a chalumeau..  
Kyrie From Josquin's Missa pange lingua, arranged for soprano saxophone, 2 Bb clarinets, and Bb bass clarinet.  
Agnus dei For the same combination, also from Missa pange lingua.  

Sonata K. 533

Arranged f or 2 Bb clarinets, Eb alto and Bb bass, from Mozart's Piano sonata in F.  
Mussorgsky, Pictures at an Exhibition

A selection from Mussorgsky's set of pictures, for a varied selection of clarinets.

The Promenade (2 Bb, Eb alto and Bb bass)

1. Gnomus (Eb, Bb, Eb alto and Bb bass)

2. The Old Castle (Bb, Eb alto, Bb bass, and Eb alto saxophone)

3. Tuileries (D +3 A; could be played on Eb + 3 Bb)

4. Bydlo (Eb, Bb, Bb bass, Eb contra)

5. Goldenburg and Schmuyle (Eb, Bb, Eb alto, Bb bass)

6. Limoges (Eb + 3 Bb)

7. Catacombs (2 Bb, Bb bass, Eb contra)

8. Cum mortuis in lingua mortua (2 Bb, Eb alto, Bb bass)

9. Baba Yaga (Eb, Bb, Eb alto, Bb bass)

10. The Great Gate of Kiev (Eb, Bb, Eb alto, Bb bass)

 

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Free scores.

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