Improvisation a week

This week’s improv comes from the (short) Chapel Recitals that the Duquesne University Music School has for the organ students.  Though I’m adjunct faculty, sometimes I do recitals as well.  This particular recital was this single improvisation based on the 44th Psalm, verses 10-15.  It’s an impression of the psalm, not a textual improvisation.  I … More Improvisation a week

Beati Qui Habitant

This past Monday, one of the students used one of my small choral pieces for communion.  And it went very well!  Unfortunately, I have now posted myself singing an alto part…  It comes from my Five Communion Motets, all fairly easy.  It’s short and simple, but sweet and to the point.

Improvisation a week

On Monday, the Passionists celebrated the feast of one of their saints, St. Gabriel.  Apparently, before Gabriel became a Passionist, he was quite the party animal until he got sick.  I do like the idea of people being able to change and a saint that was once nick-named “The Dancer” certainly keeps him down to … More Improvisation a week