Celebration Chant: 1 minute; Carolyn Hall: text under copyright (uc). Used for The Winter Solstace Service at The First Unitarian Society of West Newton, MA. Has two original harmonisations.
Healing Chant: Attributed to David Edgar Walther; text (uc?) may be by the composer, Carolyn Hall or Andrew Swan.
Credo: 3 minutes; unperformed.
Unison Mass: 4 movements in 5 minutes; with organ accompaniment by Samuel Walter. Premiered at St. Anne's Pro-Cathedral of Brooklyn; also performed at The Church of The Resurrection (CoR) and The Cathedral of St. John The Divine all in NYC.
Unaccompanied Two Part Chorus or Duets:
Orphic Hymns to The Gd.ess: 3 minute cycle of 3; Orphic Hymn, translated by Thomas Taylor. Unperformed.
The Winds: 4 minute cycle of 4; 3 complete; Orphic Hymn, translated by Thomas Taylor. Unperformed.
The Stag Ritual:5 minute cycle of 4 movements; Andrew Swan. Alternate version for two bassoons. Unperformed.
To Pan: 6 minute cycle of 4 numbers, Orphic Hymn, trans. Th. Taylor. Unperformed.
Exequias Defuncti: (for the Burial of the Dead): 2 part chorus with soli; 5 movements in 8 minutes in Latin; Prudentius. Unperformed.
Unaccompanied Treble Chorus or Trio:
Sic Transit gloria mundi: 3 part chorus; 10 minutes in English with some Latin; Emily Dickinson (uc). Unperformed. For unaccompanied men's chorus or quartets see "valentine's day" and "Ample Make This Bed" listed below.
Unaccompanied Three or Four Part Mixed Chorus:
Fire Chant: Commissioned by "Non-Verbal Sacred Chants." 1 minute, for three part chorus sung on vowels. Written on August 1, 2012.
Blessings on This House: 3 minutes; Text by Andrew Swan; in 2010, won first place in the Boston Metro Opera International Composition Competition in the choral music category, and was premiered by BOM, in 2011, performed again on January 27, 2012 and twice (live and on-line) and on May 10, 2012. See "Ritual" in Operas and below.
Unaccompanied Mass: 3-4 movements in 5-8 min.
Gloria: 2 minutes, added to last entry. Unperformed.
Psalms of Peace: 5 movements in 10 minutes I. premiered at King's Chapel, Boston, MA under Daniel Pinkham; V. was premiered at The United Parish in Brookline, MA under Geza Klembala and also performed at Old South, Boston under Harry Huff. All three performances are recorded. The rest unperformed.
Longfellow Translations: 5 poems by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow; 5 movements in 15 minutes. Movement III: "Gd. Alone" won "The Director's Prize" of The Longfellow Chorus, premiered and recorded in Portland, ME, also performed in NJ. The rest unperformed. Movement II, written dusk, Halloween, 2011; IV & V, November 1, 2011, around noon. As Winter Comes: Halloween Cantata: A Ritual for Samhain; 7 movements in 15 minutes with text by Andrew Swan. See also: "Psalm 23" from "Three Psalms" and "Psalm 24" and "Dreams" from "Lavender Requiem."
Male and Female Chorus with Instruments:
Nyx: 2 part women's chorus, soprano solo; wood wind quintet, 2 trumpets, trombone, tuba, timpani & harp; 4 movements in 6 minutes. Orphic Hymn translated by Thomas Taylor. Unperformed.
valentine's day cantata: male chorus, 2 or more soli, with piano or (D. B.) string quartet; 7 movements in 15 minutes; e. e. cummings (uc). Unperformed.
Ample Make This Bed: 55 poems by Emily Dickinson (in public domain). Three Sections: Love, Nature, and Immortality; 80 minutes (45 movements): for 3 or more dancers (2 are male), male reader, Bb, TbB male or SMA chorus and trio, and orchestra: 2 2+ 2+ 2+; 1/1/1/1 ; percussion, timpani; harp; and strings, or chamber ensemble: 60 minutes (55 movements): above dancers, reader and Bb; with TbB solo trio; E. H., Clar. (B. Clar.), Bssn. (C. Bssn.); piano and (D.B.) string quartet. Set in the 1980s, a gay man (bass-baritone) has a wild sex life; and his lover (reader) contracts AIDS and dies. The couple deal with AIDS, betrayal, redemption and resurrection. The story is NOT auto-biographical, but the fears are real. See also Ballet and Operatic Drama, however this work is best defined as a Ballet. Unperformed.
Mixed Chorus with Instruments:
Mass: with organ; 4 movements in 5 minutes. Performed at The Church of The Resurection under Samuel Walter. 2 versions of "Agnus Dei." Also exists with the ancient Guernsey text: "Har, Har, Hou, Hou" in old French & "Bagabi laca bachabe" found in "Le Miracle de Theophile" by Ruteboeuf.
That I Did Always Love: with bass-baritone and piano; 4 movements in 13 minutes; Dickinson (uc). Movement II "Love is like Life" for SATB was performed at Colby College, Waterville, ME under Raymond Ackerman.
Song of Peace: with SATB soli, brass quintet or sextet & timpani; 8 movements in 8 minutes; John Greenleaf Whittier. Uses the tune "Intercessor" by C. Hubert H. Parry. Unperformed.
Great Mushup! Native American inspired Cantata, poem by Andrew Swan, 7 movements, 15 minutes. started on 11/26/14, finished 2/8/15. For chorus or quartet: SATB with 4 soloists and untuned percussion.
Passion according to St. Mark: with 13 soloists, flute & organ; 30 minutes (originally 35); uses King James Bible; Paulus Gerhart (trans. Robert Bridges). Performed at The Church of The Resurrection in NYC (1970) under Dr. Samuel Walter, Cablecast on BNN-TV as "Allegory on Love" staring Lou-Ann Kruetil (narrator), TJ Norris and the composer (visual actors) with the musicians: Janet Wheeler and June LaBell, Sopranos; Virginia Harms, Alto, Robert Kuehns, Baritone (Jesus); the composer, Bass (Pilot); James Scott, Flute; Clair Van Audsdall, Organ; the choir of The Church of The Resurrection under Dr. Samuel Walter.
Mixed Chorus with Chamber Orchestra:
Moratorium: c. 10 minutes; soprano or mezzo-soprano, optional bass, mixed chorus; medium orchestra (2/2/2/2 2/2/1/1 2/1 and strings). poem by Robert Hillyar (uc); Jepthah promises to sacrifice the first living being he meets if he wins the battle. He is met by his daughter.
Erevan Cantata: soprano solo, chorus, keyboard or orchestra (single winds, timpani & strings); 4 movements in 10 minutes; Armenian texts. Written for Father Minassian's "Erevan Chorus" at Holy Trinity Armenian Church in Cambridge, MA.. A 15 minute version uses texts by Archibald Lampman and "Har, Har, Hou, Hou" from "The Mask of the Witches" and "Andrew's Dream" found in "Music Theater." Both versions are unperformed and withheld.
Psalms of David: SATB chorus and soloists, with organ or trumpet, percussion timpani and strings: c. 17 minutes: 1. Psalm 150 (English): 3 part chorus SA(T)B and SAB soloists; c. 5 minutes. Performed (& recorded) at The Church of The Resurrection, NYC, under Samuel Walter with Janet Wheeler, Virginia Harms and Robert Kuehn, soloists; 2. Psalm 130 (Latin) chorus with soprano solo; c. 5 minutes; performed without chorus by Shinobu Takagi, soprano and Daryl Cooper, piano; 3. Psalm 23: c. 4 minutes; unaccompanied chorus; based on a withheld "Prayer of St. Chrysostom" commissioned by the church of the same name. Unperformed. 4. Psalm 150 (English): SATB chorus & soloists; c. 5 minutes. Unperformed in this version. Alternate 3 psalm version: Psalm 150 (#1 or #4); Psalm 23 (#3); Psalm 130 (#2).
Lavender Requiem:7 movents in 20 minutes; with soprano solo, solo SATB quartet, timpani, and strings; Dickinson, William Butler Yeats and Psalms, Kyrie (Greek); Requiem (Latin) and other Latin texts. Written in memory of the victims of the Nazi "Pink Triangle." "Psalm 24" performed by at Bates College, ME under Marion Anderson and The First Unitarian Society of Cambridge under Gordon Dean. The rest unperformed.
Choral Operatic Dramas: Daniel: 30 min. with STB, SATB chorus, & piano or orchestra: 2/2+/2+/2+ 2/2/1/1. Translation by Jean Misrahi under copyright (1959); Latin version, out of copyright: by 13th century students of Beauvais Cathedral. Both versions unperformed.
The Other Wise Man: Libretto by the composer after the story by Henry van Dyke. 30 minutes. SSAABB, flute, bassoon, harp, hand-bells, chorus, actors & narrator; commissioned and performed by The Hancock Church, Lexington, MA. William Cavness, narrator. Cablecast in Lexington.
Ritual: Libretto by Andrew Swan; 30 minutes; SATB with chorus and flute; french horn; and violoncello; alternate version SSMBB with flute, tenor saxophone and viola. "Blessings on This House" was performed three times by BMO (see listing above and under Operas) See above listing. Otherwise unperformed.