Musical Works (by opus number)

MUSICAL WORKS BY JOHN-MICHAEL ALBERT

1. 1977: For the Time Being, by W. H. Auden; incidental music for actors, recorders, chorus, soloists, organ, percussion; commissioned by the director, Jimbo Mulkin.

2. 1977: “Our Father Whose Creative Will,” from W. H. Auden’s For the Time Being; for unaccompanied men’s chorus.

3. 1978: Magnificat and Nunc Dimitis; for unaccompanied mixed chorus.

4. 1978: “Noli Me Tangere,” from the Gospel of St. John; for unaccompanied mixed chorus

5. 1979: The Glass Menagerie,  by Tennessee Williams; incidental music for piano; commissioned by the director.

6. 1979: “When Adam Was Created,” arrangement of an Appalachian folk song from the Cecil Sharpe collection; epithalamion for tenor and piano; for the wedding of Kathryn Cureton and Frank Larisey.

7. 1980: The Women, by Claire Boothe Luce; incidental music for piano and clarinet; commissioned by Marilyn Fisher.

8. 1982: “My Beloved Spake and Said,” setting of verses from the Song of Solomon; for the wedding of Jeff Douglas.

9. 1983: “Mystic Lullaby,” setting of the late English Renaissance, anonymous Christmas poem, “Holy Mary, Mother Mild;” for unaccompanied mixed chorus; for S. J. Vinecour.

10. 1985: Psalm 23 (St. Columbo); arrangement for unaccompanied men’s chorus; for the Montrose Singers.

11. 1986: “Behold! How Good,” setting of Psalm 133; for unaccompanied men’s chorus; for the Montrose Singers; published by Yelton Rhodes Music.

12. 1986: Hymn to Stonewall, setting of “Sun still rising tall”; for unaccompanied men’s chorus; for the Montrose Singers.

13. 1986: “Peace,” text by Henry Vaughan; for unaccompanied mixed chorus; for Barbara Hilton and the choir of First Unitarian Universalist Church, Houston TX; published by Yelton Rhodes Music.

14. 1987: Dennis Dunwoody, setting of “Standing There Immured,” from Les Nuits d’Ete (1978); for unaccompanied men’s chorus and tenor solo; published by Yelton Rhodes Music.

15. 1987: “Now Is the Season of Dark Brummal Rest,” on an original text; winter madrigal for unaccompanied mixed chorus; for Kathy Biehl, Ben Haddad, and ???; published by Yelton Rhodes Music.

16. 1988: “How Do You Like Your Music?” on an original text; pop song for soprano, tenor, and bass and piano; for Kathy Biehl and Frank Morales.

17. 1988: “The Best Kind of Music Is a Madrigal,” text by Thomas Morley; madrigal for unaccompanied mixed chorus; published by Yelton Rhodes Music.

18. 1988: “Winter,” on an original text; madrigal for unaccompanied mixed chorus; published by Yelton Rhodes Music.

19. 1989: Amara’s Dance; for guitar and tenor recorder; commissioned for Amara’s dedication at First Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston TX.

20. 1989: “My Heart Leaps Up,” text by William Wordsworth; for unaccompanied tenor and alto; for Kathy Biehl; published by Yelton Rhodes Music.

21. 1990: “A Season for Lovers,” on an original text; Holiday song for unaccompanied men’s chorus; winner GALA IV International Competiton; published by Yelton Rhodes Music.

22. 1991: “Survivors!” on an original text; for mixed chorus and Latin percussion ensemble; commissioned by the Lesbian/Gay Chorus of San Francisco for their 15th Anniversary; published by Yelton Rhodes Music.

23. 1991: “The Magic Music Makes,” on an original text; for soprano and tenor and guitar; for Kathy Biehl on her birthday; 1992: arranged for unaccompanied women’s chorus for HeartSong; published by Yelton Rhodes Music.

24. 1992: Beauty Is Its Own Excuse, setting of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s “Rhodora”; for tenor and guitar.

25. 1992: “Chanukah Song,” on an original text; for unaccompanied men’s chorus; for Lawrence Jackson.

26. 1992: “Felipe’s Song,” on an original text; for tenor/alto recorder and guitar; for Julio Quiroz de la Rosa and his son, Felipe.

27. 1992: Jeff Cothran, text adapted from Tennyson’s “Ulysses”; for men’s chorus, solo quartet, and piano; published by Yelton Rhodes Music.

28. 1993: “Possession of the House,” on an original text; for four large choral groups — two men’s, one women’s, one mixed — soloists and piano; commissioned by the Gay Men’s Chorus of Houston to commemorate their first performance in the Cullen Theater at the Wortham Center; published by Yelton Rhodes Music.

29. 1993: “We Like Our Men,” on an original text; silly gay camp song for unaccompanied gay men’s chorus.

30. 1993: “What Do They Do in Old S[outh] A[merica] When Christmas Rolls Around?,” on an original text; for four part men’s chorus, trombone, tuba, cymbals, and bass drum; published by Yelton Rhodes Music.

31. 1993: “I Will Go On,” on an original text; gospel inspirational song for men’s chorus,  tenor soloist and piano; in memoriam Prof. Ted Stirling and Prof. Doug Paschall who died on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, respectively, 1993.

32. 1993: “Live It!,” on an original text; calypso for unaccompanied mixed chorus (2000: arranged for mixed chorus and piano; commissioned by Thomas Johnston for the Capital Pride Singers, Albany NY).

33. 1994: “To Friends and To Life,” on an original text; for men’s chorus, piano, violin, and ‘cello; commissioned by Michael Nelson in memoriam Wesley James Perrin; published by Yelton Rhodes Music.

34. 1995: “My Family, My Chorus and My Rhyme,” on an original text; for mixed chorus, flute or oboe, ‘cello, and piano; accompaniment adapted from Pachelbel’s “Canon in D”; published by Yelton Rhodes Music.

35. 1995: “The Good Host’s Lament,” on an original text; comic scene set to the “Anvil Chorus” from Verdi’s Il Trovatore; text written with Troy Christensen.

36. 1996: After the Meditation; twelve easy piano pieces for use at the First Unitarian Universalist Church, Houston; for Bob Fazakerly).

37. 1996: On His Blindness, text by John Milton; madrigal for unaccompanied men’s chorus.

38. 1996: “The Sorrow Tree,” on an original text based on a tale by the Baal Shem Tov; festival hora for mixed chorus and piano; composed for the National Conference of Unitarian Universalist Musicians; published by Yelton Rhodes Music.

39. 1996: “The Story of ‘America the Beautiful,’” on an original text; for three part men’s chorus and piano; commissioned by the Lexington Men’s Chorus; published by Yelton Rhodes Music.

40. 1996: “When I Think of Winter,” on an original text; for four part unaccompanied mixed chorus; dedicated to Alvin John Randall, Jr.; published by Yelton Rhodes Music.

41. 1997: Dorothy Parker’s Carol, setting of “Prayer for a Young Mother” by Dorothy Parker; for unaccompanied women’s chorus and candle-driven household zimbelstern; published by Yelton Rhodes Music.

42. 1997: “The Familiar Shadow,” on an original text; ballad for men’s chorus, SATB soloists, fiddle, and piano; commissioned by David Weber for the Gay Men’s Chorus of Houston in memory of his grandfather; published by Yelton Rhodes Music.

43. 1998: “Department Store Santas,” on an original text; comic scene set to “Escamillo’s Aria” — the “Toreodor Song” — from Bizet’s Carmen; for men’s chorus and piano.

44. 1998: “My Journey of Pride,” on an original text; for unaccompanied mixed chorus, or mixed chorus and piano; premiered by “Something Else” — the small ensemble in the Lesbian and Gay Chorus of Seattle — under the direction of Chris Vincent; published by Yelton Rhodes Music.

45. 1998: “Teach me, O LORD!,” setting of Psalm 119:33-40; for unaccompanied mixed choir; in memoriam Prof. Gilbert F. Gilchrist Jr.; published by Yelton Rhodes Music.

46. 1999: “Holding Matthew, In Memory of Matthew Shepard,” (no text); for 12 part men’s chorus using body percussion; winner of 1998 GALA Leadership Conference (Dallas TX) auction; commissioned for “Potomac Fever,” — the small ensemble of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington DC — by their conductor, Gregory Ruffer; in memoriam Matthew Shepherd.

47. 2000: “Make Me A Salad, Darling,” on an original text; for mixed chorus accompanied by maracas and other shakers ad lib.; commissioned by Rich Cole for “The Coastliners” of the North Coast Men’s Chorus, Cleveland OH.

48. 2000: “Rejoicing Comes In The Morning,” text from Psalm 30:4-5; for soprano, alto, and baritone chorus and piano; for Sivan Etedgee and the choir of the Union Congregational Church, Madbury NH

49. 2001: Quintet No. 1, Three Pieces for Five Friends, “1. World’s Finest,” “2. Editing Poetry,” “3. Oh, Ethel!,” for tenor/narrator, trumpet/coronet, trombone, tuba, marimba/glockenspiel/vibraphone, 2 maracas and castanets; dedicated to Amanda Allen, Robert Booth, Akilah Campbell, Andrew Robins, and Phil Edelman.

50. 2005: Hymn, March, and Love Song, for trumpet and piano, dedicated to Amanda Allen

51. 2006: Suite for Poems in C, for small, mixed vocal ensemble and piano, commissioned by Benjamin Nash Maferra, poems by the first five Portsmouth Poets Laureate: Esther Buffler, Robert Dunn, Maren Tirabassi, John Perrault, and Mimi White

52. 2010: Quintet No. 2 for Brass (2010-12), Op. 52, “1. Choral Prelude: Lancashire,” “2. Song: When I Think of Winter,” “3. March: No Piccolos, Please.” Dedicated to The Inextinguishable Quintet, Adam Gallant, Kayla Barbas, Gray Ferris, Nicole Wright and Ben Stadelmann.

53. 2013: Russian Song and Dance for contrabassoon and piano, commissioned by Vincent LaMonica.

54. 2014: Appalachian Wedding Song, for violin and piano, Dedicated to Sivan Etedgee.

And many arrangements, most for men’s chorus, including: Adolf Adam, O Holy Night* (with new translation of the French text); Alexander Borodin, Polovtsian Dances; Johannes Brahms, Geistliche Wiegenlied / Sacred Cradle Song* (with translation); Jacques Brel, If We Only Had Love; William Byrd, Christmas Lullaby,* Haec dies* (for antiphonal choirs), Ye Sacred Muses*; Frost “Who’s Woods These Are” to “Hernando’s Hideaway”; Georg Fredrick Handel, Hallelujah Chorus; Hans Leo Hassler, Cantate Domino*; Inglebert Humperdink, Sandman’s Aria and Evening Prayer*; Luis di Milan, Aquel caballero, madre; Milton Nascimento, Canciones y momentos/Songs and Moments; Violetta Parra, Gracias a la vida; Romanovsky and Philips, Love Is All It Takes; Fred Small, Everything Possible; Smith/Key, Star Spangled Banner**; Glochestershire Wassail,** Tippett, Five Spirituals from a Child of Our Times; and others

                       

* published by Yelton Rhodes Music

** copyright owned by the Gay Men’s Chorus of Houston

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