Michael John Trotta
Dies Irae – Michael John Trotta
Pulsating rhythmic ostinatos, cluster harmonies, and soaring soprano lines are all present in this exciting a cappella concert work, possessing all the elements you’d expect from the composer of Veni, Veni Emmanuel. Based on the 13th-century Dies Irae chant, the exciting minor texture contrasts driving rhythms and beautiful legato singing while still remaining accessible. A perfect way to showcase your choir as a concert opener, closer, or for festival use.
Dies irae, dies illa,
solvet saeclum in favilla,
teste David cum Sibylla.
Mors stupebit et natura,
cum resurget creatura,
Recordare, Jesu pie,
ne me perdas (illa die).
Huic ergo parce,
Deus, dona eis requiem.
Day of wrath and day of judgment,
Earth shall perish in an instant,
as foretold by prophets ancient.
Death and nature both are shaken,
as creation re-awakens,
to its Judge an answer making.
O Lord Jesus, merciful Jesus, save them.
O Lord Jesus, spare them,
grant to them eternal rest.
Fueled by a passion for combining tradition and innovation, American composer Michael John Trotta (b.1978) creates music that resonates with modern audiences around the world. From Carnegie Hall to cathedrals and concert halls around the world, he creates “elegant, singable music with a strong, spiritual heft” (Choir and Organ Magazine).
Seasoned by his experience as a conductor at the primary, secondary, and university levels – as well as a church music director – his works are infused with an “intimate knowledge of the human voice and a rare sensitivity to the capabilities of a choral ensemble” (Fanfare). The “dynamic interplay of time-honored musical gestures with present-day sonorities” (Choral Scholar) create “tender harmonies and a palette of glowing vocal and instrumental colors” (Gramophone).
In addition to a significant output of music for unaccompanied choir, he has written nine choral-orchestral works on a larger scale. His most recent work, “Requiem,” was recorded by Tenebrae Choir (Nigel Short, conductor).
His select concert and sacred music is published by Hampton Roads Music Group and is distributed by GIA/Walton. For more information, a complete list of compositions, or to get in touch, visit his official website www.mjtrotta.com.
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