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adagio in e minor (organ solo)

Without beauty, the soul languishes.

Here is a piece I composed back in the early 70’s. Highly contrapuntal, rich in harmonic texture and lilting in melancholy.

It is available for purchase on my website, www.myopus.com.

Enjoy.

he was despised

for satb choir (a cappella, div.)

I composed this piece years ago. This is a new arrangement that is for a cappella voices, and is very demanding of any choir who would take up performing it. This is because it has long sustained notes around which there exists a very close intervalic harmonic structure. Performed in a church with a very live acoustic is really the only way to present this piece most effectively.

 

He Was Despised (SATB) title page

He Was Despised (SATB) title page

Another version of this piece is available on my website (www.MyOpus.com), and it can be performed by a children’s chorus with one or two voices. It is also available in Latin, although I have not published it yet in that form.

 

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heaven is open for us

for satb choir (a cappella)

About 20 years ago I composed this setting of the words taken from a famous work by Mary of Agreda called ‘City of God’. It is a four volume set of the life of Jesus Christ. In it is the account of the ‘Transfixion’ and in particular a scene where John, the beloved disciple of Jesus, comes back to the Cenacle (the upper room) where Mary and the rest of the disciples took lodging during the Passion.

 

Exceprt from 'City of God' by Venerable Mary of Agreda

Exceprt from ‘City of God’ by Venerable Mary of Agreda, Transfixion

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He returns to report what had happened to Jesus and to try to prepare Our Dear Lady for the assault of his description. Here is a caption of that page.

 

Upon reading this passage, I was very moved by the words the Virgin gave in response to hearing what John had to report. Those words of Mary comprise the text for this piece.

 

It is available for preview and purchase on the KOERBER PUBLICATIONS website (www.MyOpus.com), and in particular on this web page.

 

You may hear a vocal simulation by pressing the play button here.

 

two musical works for holy week

I am very excited to tell you that my musical compositions are available for downloading on www.MyOpus.com, a site where I self publish my works. The site hosts music, both sacred and secular, allows you to see and hear a preview and purchase them as digital copies.

 

Today I have published two pieces for Holy Week on MyOpus.com:

 

O Vos Omnes, title page to a work by Francis Koerber

O Vos Omnes, title page to a work by Francis Koerber

O Vos Omnes is the 13th movement taken from my larger work, Et Lux In Tenebrae which was premiered on Good Friday of 2012 at Our Lady of the Mountains. Here are some links for your perusal.

 

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Sing, My Tongue, The Glorious Battle

Sing, My Tongue, The Glorious Battle, title page of an arrangement by Francis Koerber

The second piece is an arrangement based on the Hymn tune PICARDY. The text is that famous work by Venantius Fortunatus, Sing, My Tongue, The Glorious Battle. I created this arrangement to be performed with congregation. It boasts a lush chromatic harmony. The final verse is composed to give the congregation a sense of foreboding. This is accomplished by using a minimal texture of two doubled voices (ST and AB) that move in contrary motion with a sprinkling of staggered text for the choir while the congregation continues to sing the melody.

 

What gives it gravity is the pedal point (a low D played on the organ). The last three measures introduces the unexpected and very stark contrast of an ascending solo soprano line.

 

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