CV 42-96830 | In the Bleak Midwinter

SATB divisi, violin, piano

Written for the Taylor Festival Choir in 2005. The opening chords serve as a musical illustration of a cold, snow-glistened wintry landscape. The melody, clearly inspired by famous settings of this text by Gustav Holst and Harold Darke, makes its first appearance amidst a cascading ostinato in the upper voices; the climax of the arch form occurs as the “cherubim and seraphim throng the air.” (more…)

CV 42-96860 | On Meditation

SATB divisi, a cappella

This was the first work commissioned by the Taylor Festival Choir for their inaugural season. Commissioned in memory of Rob Taylor’s father, an avid reader of the Tao Te Ching, the work is featured on a commercial recording by the Taylor Festival Choir, This is Thy Hour, O Soul, released by Centaur Records in November 2006. The text is from Stephen Mitchell’s translation of the Tao Te Ching. (more…)