Category Archives: Todd's music

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O God, Look Upon Our Grief

Another piece of liturgical music for comment: O God, Look Upon Our Grief I’m generally not in favor of rewriting old pieces to fit new words. I wanted to work a bit with the new Revised Grail Psalter. So here … Continue reading

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Lord, Today

Time to see if the waters of collaboration and comment on liturgical music are poisoned or something. Try this: Lord, Today I wrote this in 1992 and used the text of the common Christmas psalm refrain and the ICEL Psalter’s … Continue reading

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Wonder Wonder Wonder

Before you get to the tunes in the Sacred Harp, there is a chapter on “Rudiments of Music.” One of the illustrative pieces there is THE YOUNG CONVERT from 1805′s Christian Harmony. I’ve always liked that little tune, and with … Continue reading

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Sweet Prospect Gloria, Draft 4

Liam suggested I turn to soprano harmony for the middle section of the MR3 Gloria. So here’s the first draft of the whole hymn, and comments are welcome: I’m a believer that the best church music should come easily to … Continue reading

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MR3 Lab: More of the Sweet Prospect Gloria

I was feeling blocked on the central portion of the MR3 Gloria, so I jumped ahead to the end: As I said before, my goal is to get the whole Gloria set to “Sweet Prospect” before settling on a final … Continue reading

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More MR3 in the Lab

With some helpful input from Liam, I’ve adjusted the awkward spots in the first stanza and felt emboldened to progress to the second: I mentioned Wednesday that I wasn’t happy with the prospect of setting the five acclamations in stanza 2 … Continue reading

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MR3 in the Musical Laboratory

My friends and a few students have asked me if I’ll be composing a Mass setting to the new texts of the Roman Missal. I’ve actually felt a bit inspired to work on it the past few days. I reworked … Continue reading

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Draw Some Music

I haven’t posted links to music in some months. I have some recordings, but none are really in finished form. I have a rough take of a setting of Isaiah 12. The text of the verses is Rev Carl F. Daw’s … Continue reading

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Psalm 95: If Today

I had fun recording this setting of Psalm 95 with some friends last night. I can send a .sib file or a pdf of the score to anyone who wishes one; just e-mail me. This is the third setting of … Continue reading

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Lord Send Out Your Spirit

Lord%20Send%20Out%20Your%20Spirit.mp3 There’s a bit of a story about this one. There was a seminarian I knew almost twenty years ago who was in a spiritual support group with me. I’ve since lost touch with him, but we had a very challenging … Continue reading

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Let All Mortal Flesh

Let%20All%20Mortal%20Flesh.mp3 My brilliant friend and newly-minted ISU graduate Steve implanted some cool freeware on my computer that enables me to make sparkling recordings of music and other audio. I hope to offer music and some printed arrangements in the future, so … Continue reading

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