My Mother's Shadow
Commissioned by Angelo Cicolani, who also wrote the lyrics, for a concert at Dumbarton Concerts, Washington, DC on March 21, 2015 (J.S. Bach's date of birth!) and based on the 4th cello suite of Bach, My Mother's Shadow is a blending of Bach's music with a contemporary twist.
Written for Ryland Angel, Immensity Cloistered is a setting of two poems by John Donne, and is scored for solo countertenor with strings and chamber organ.
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Commissioned by The Granite State Choral Society, Rochester, NH, in celebration of their city. The lyrics were written by members of the chorus.
On Dreams Alone
A sweeping musical tale of love and dreams, with poetry by Bridges, Fitzgerald, O'Shaughnessy, Poe and Rossetti.
These songs have been written over the course of the last 25 years, and there are plans to perform the entire cycle in 2017.
The 13 movements are scored in various combinations for two contrasting soprano voices, contralto, tenor and bass, with piano. Click on the titles below to see perusal scores of each movement.
A Ston Easton Serenade
This organ solo was written for the wedding of Janine White and Angus Lavery, and takes its name from the English village where their wedding took place.
Commissioned by The Choral Arts Society, Washington DC, for the 2002 MLK Day Concert at The Kennedy Center.
Master Of Music
Written in honor of David and Judy Seaton, Master Of Music is a setting of the Henry Van Dyke poem, and is scored for three soloists (SAB) and piano.
A piece for solo horn and piano, written for Sam White's senior recital at Tarleton State University, Stephenville, TX.
Commissioned by Lyric Fest (Philadelphia) for the Pennsylvania Girl Choir, this is a gently lyrical setting of Christina Rossetti's poem for three part treble voices.
The following section represents compositions of a more secular nature, which have yet to be published commercially. Both printed and recorded examples (where possible) are available here, and I would be happy to speak with anyone who is interested in proposing a performance of any of these works. If a recording is not immediately available on this page, I recommend searching my YouTube channel on the MEDIA PAGE.
Regret Not Me
Commissioned by John and Susanne Potts for The Boston Cecilia, this is Nicholas White's setting of the poignant poem by Thomas Hardy.
The Lord Is My Shepherd (Solo)
The solo version of this setting of Psalm 23, in Fred Bassett's translation, predates the choral version.
Nicholas White's arrangement of Dvorak's luscious and emotionally charged melody from The New World Symphony.
Nicholas White's luscious 8-part a cappella arrangement of Henry Mancini's great tune from the movie Breakfast At Tiffany's.
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A musical setting of Edgar Allen Poe's poem in its entirety, for soprano, alto, tenor and bass soloists, string quartet and piano.
See a perusal score: HERE
Read a program note: HERE
Read a review of the first performance: HERE