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sacred contemporary repertoire

this is Silvia from Italy, I am looking for suggestion about sacred, cotemporary music. This must be not too much tricky, but it should be involving, something like "Nunc dimittis" by Orbàn or "O nata lux" by Morten Lauridsen. Any siggestion?
Thank you
Replies (34): Threaded | Chronological
on March 29, 2012 9:40am
This might be of interest to you:
Frank La Rocca
on March 29, 2012 12:07pm
Thank you! Really impressive
on March 31, 2012 11:12am
Beautiful, Frank!
on April 2, 2012 5:14am
Thank you for the suggested link. We have added it to the corresponding record in Musica and it will appear publicly after the next Web update in about a week.
There arre only 5 works by you referenced in Musica. Do not forget to add the others :
on April 6, 2012 11:48am
Dear Silvia,
I recommend that you consider Responsoria, by the distinguished American composer, Richard Toensing.
Responsoria is a beautiful and challenging work composed in three liturgical “books” for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday. It is scored for six-part chorus, six soloists, double bass, piano, and metal percussion (tubular bells, glockenspiel and tam-tam). The work runs more than two hours in its entirety. An ideal performance would be of all three books on the appropriate days during Holy Week; though, a concert performance of any or all of this work would be suitable any time during Lent.
Be sure to let me know if you are interested in knowing more about Responsoria and reviewing a score.
Janet Braccio
Bella Voce Communications
on March 29, 2012 10:22am
Silvia:  The term "contemporary," which simply means "of our own time," can be very confusing, since it means drastically different things to different people.  It can be applied equally to atonal or minimalistic works or to "clouds" of sound, and to the "Contemporary Christian" based solidly on pop styles, clear tonality, and functional harmony.  Everyone has his own definitions.
I'm especially aware of this because in 2001 I was commissioned to write four anthems in "contemporary" style for a congregational revitalization project at a particular church (and my wife ended up writing four parallel Introits to go along with them, although that was not part of the original commission--we did a lot of work together).
The meaning of "contemporary" was left entirely up to me, but I knew the church, its choir, and its Minister of Music well from having working with them on other projects, and they knew me pretty well as well.  And I chose to mix styles to match the affects of the four specific Psalms that had been chosen by the co-Pastors:  a Psalm of Trust (27), a Psalm of Lamentation (13), a Psalm of Vengeance (58), and a Psalm of Praise (146--all in the Protestant numbering).  And I used everything from a 5/4 jazz waltz and a slow blues through calypso, grunge and rap as well as fairly traditional styles.  (No atonality, though; sorry!  And the bell choir were really thrown by trying to count in 5/4!!)
Thank you for giving examples of what YOU mean by "contemporary"!
All the best,
on March 29, 2012 12:05pm
Hi John, thank you so much for your reply.
Sorry, in Italy, when we say "contemporary music" we usually refer to music that usually can be atonal or minimalistic, but also neo-tonal. Personally I don't like "Contemporary Christian" Italian music similar to teh one you described (pop styles, clear tonalyty, functional harmony).
I would like to be suggested some real good pieces of music from some American contempoary composers, for SATB with, preferably, a Latin text.
That's it! Thank you, 
on March 29, 2012 11:14am
Buonasera Silvia,
mi permetto di risponderle in italiano, visto che scrive dall'Italia.
La invito cordialmente a visitare il mio sito internet nel menu "music"
dove potrà ascoltare i brani e dare un'occhiata alle partiture. Come brani non particolarmente difficili la dirotterei senz'altro su " O MAGNUM MYSTERIUM". 
Cari saluti e buona serata.
Ivo Antognini
music composer
on March 30, 2012 1:07pm
Grazie mille gentile Ivo, 
ho sentito il pezzo O Magnum Mysterium che mi è piaciuto molto, grazie
on March 29, 2012 12:20pm
I would suggest following.
Hear My Cry by Lane Prince
Missa pro Pace by Kentaro Sato
Cantata Amoris by Kentaro Sato
1. 2. 3. 4.
Ubi Caritas by Durufle
on March 29, 2012 1:08pm
Hi Silvia,
I have a group of three settings From the Odes of Solomon which are included in the ChoralNet Composition Showcase, where you will also find additional contemporary sacred works by other composers. 
I also have a short SATB setting of Beati Quorum Via.
You may read complete texts, listen to recordings and view performance histories on my website:
I would be pleased to send you a perusal pdf score of any work that interests you.
on March 29, 2012 1:41pm
Are you looking for SSA or SATB?  Here's one for treble voices - medium easy, contemporary yet still in a respectful setting. We were supposed to do this one in May at church, but we moved it to next year (as we have a Rheinberger mass to learn):
It's called, "I, the Light", by David Poole, published by Neil Kjos.
on March 29, 2012 5:20pm
This one of mine maybe, neo-tonal with cymbals (can be omitted): 
on March 30, 2012 4:53am
Please look at and listen to music by Terry Schlenker:
on March 31, 2012 10:34am
I listened to the piece titled "Sicut Rosa" which I liked, thank you
on March 30, 2012 5:24am
Musicam  Anima Tangens   by Joshua Shank
on March 31, 2012 10:35am
Thank you I know this piece and I like very much indeed, I was thinking of teaching it to my choir, and it's precisely to pieces like this which I am asking for,
on March 30, 2012 6:26am
on March 31, 2012 10:40am
"O magnum mysterium" is a really good piece of music, I like it so much. Unfortunately I really need music for SATB, I cannot split particularly tenors beacuase I just have 4 of them.., but I'll keep in mind if some new members (tenor) will join the choir in future. Thank you
on March 30, 2012 8:43am
Hello Silvia,
Thank you for your interest in new music!  I would like to recommend my I Will Lift Mine Eyes for SATB choir, unaccompanied.  You can listen to a recording and find out more information here:
Jake Runestad
on March 30, 2012 9:33am
Hi Silvia,
I've been very impressed by the repertoire coming out of Paraclete Press.
Jay Lane
on March 30, 2012 12:37pm
Rene Clauson's "Prayer" is nice. It's a setting of a prayer by Mother Teresa. Dr. Clauson also has several other great contemporary sacred works, "Set Me As a Seal" comes to mind. Also, Dan Gawthrop's "Sing Me to Heaven"and Dale Grotenhuis' "To You I Call" are both nice.  James Biery's "Ubi Caritas" is another personal favorite.
on March 31, 2012 7:37am
Dear Silvia,
You should find my pieces "Crux Fidelis" and "O Vos Omnes" quite approachable.
Sample scores:
Crux Fidelis is £10 for a PDF (you can print as many copies as you need) and O Vos Omnes £15 for a PDF.
If you'd prefer to order individual copies by post, they're £0.50 and £1 respectively.
If interested, please email me: chris(a)
If you're looking for something more lengthy, try "Balulalow" (in Scots, so would be interesting for an Italian choir):
Sample scores for that and many others at:
on March 31, 2012 10:22am
Sylvia. Have a look at YouTube - Philip Stopford. The Ave Verum is very popular and is similar in style to the Lauridsen you mention. His Ave Maria and Ave Regina Coelorum are in contrasting sytles.
on March 31, 2012 11:10am
Hola Silvia!
Take a look at Ola Gjeilo's works.  His beautiful Ubi caritas works very well with a small choir, and there are many others on Walton Music's website.
on March 31, 2012 12:16pm
Buon giorno Silvia
Here are some suggestions that I have found to work very well with adult, volunteer (non-professional) singers:
O sacrum convivium James Biery (a cappella), very accessible, sounds more difficult than it is
In monte Oliveti Mack Wilberg (a cappella with tenor solo), perfect for Good Friday, lent
Ave verum-Colin Mawby (organ), a bit neo-romantic, reminds me of Bruckner motets
The Ground-Ola Gjeilo (piano), last movement from his Sunrise Mass reworked for independent performance, tonal
Ah Holy Jesus John Ferguson (with solo viola), setting of the hymn tune Herzliebster Jesu
O Come, O Come Emmanuel John Ferguson (with solo viola), setting of the advent tune Veni Emmanuel
If Ye Love Me-Phillip Stopford (a cappella), contemplative ( I don’t care for the final cadence—it just seems out of character so I delete it and it leaves the piece unresolved)
I just realized all these pieces are on the slow side.  For something a little more lively, challenging, short, but exciting, take a look at John Rutter's A Choral Fanfare (a cappella, divisi).
I hope you find something here that you can use!
Ciao bella,
on April 1, 2012 12:17pm
Hello Silvia,
I'm part of a small cooperative of self-published composers in the USA, and we'd like to recommend these 5 sacred pieces from our catalog:
Jocelyn Hagen: "Gloria" from Amass (
Jocelyn Hagen: "Benedictus" from Amass (
Abbie Betinis: "Carmina mei Cordis" (
Linda Tutas Haugen: "Laudamus Te" from Gloria (
Edie Hill: "Alma Beata et Bella" (  <= language: Medieval Italian
We'd be delighted to have you peruse these pieces, Silvia.  You can view sample score pages and listen to mp3 clips on the links above.  And you can find more by typing "Latin" into the search box!  We're excited about our collective venture, and hope our new website is useful to you.
Thank you!
Abbie Betinis

Independent Music Publishers Cooperative, Founding Member
on April 2, 2012 12:32am
Thank you Abbie so much, I've checked on your website, it looks so interesting. I will tell you some more later, thank you
on April 3, 2012 2:40am
Do not forget to reference these pieces ... and others... in Musica database : -> On-line Input
on April 2, 2012 5:10am
There is a very good place to find good suggestions, especially of pieces that are fitting your given examples: "The favorite pieces of the month" of Musica International:  
Check it out !
You will for sure find what you are looking for.
By the way, this month (April 2012), it is another recent fantastic setting of "O Magnum Mysterium"
Visit regularly the "favorite piece of the month"
on April 2, 2012 1:59pm
Buon giorno Silvia,
A short time ago I was commissioned by a chapter of the American Guild of Organists to write a major sacred work for SATB choir. The resulting Psalms and Canticles of Prayer, Praise and Peace (wonderfully performed by a fine choir in St. Joseph, Missouri) consists of several movements - Psalm 57, Magnificat, Nunc Dimittis, Psalm 23 and Benedicite - all of which are complete within themselves. They are all accompanied by organ or piano, with optional instruments, although the Benedicite really should include timpani. They are all for SATB except the Magnificat, which is for women only.
These may all be heard on my website at
Sample copies are available via website 'contact', and all are published as hard copies or as PDFs.
Good luck in your 'quest'! 
on April 7, 2012 4:42am
Hi Silvia:
I have an Ave Maria which sounds like what you want. It won first prize in an International scared music competition in Jihlava, CZ.
I can send you an MP3 if you like.
Kind regards,
Naomi Stephan
on April 7, 2012 3:55pm
You might consider my De Profundis Magnificat, but it is a little tricky... Here you have it sung by The Philippine Madrigal Singers:
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on April 11, 2012 5:39am
You might be interested in my piece that was released entitled "I Shall See":
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