Catharine's Composition Projects
I've been singing and doing other musical activities since about fourth
grade. In high school I started putting the poems of my friend Jim Girard
to music using Music Construction Set running on an Atari 1040 ST. I've
since moved up to Sibelius - and a MIDI keyboard.
Please feel free to perform any of this music. Just don't make any money
off it. I'd really appreciate it if you'd (1) let me know you're
performing a piece of mine by emailing me,
and (2) send me a recording of the performance. Thank you!!!
The format of this page has changed slightly. The focus is now on allowing
you to get to the compositions themselves without having to deal with a lot
of text. A brief note is given on most of the completed works; some have
separate pages with more extensive notes.
Since changing to Sibelius for my composition software, I've started
posting my compositions on my
homepage at sibeliusmusic.com.
There's nothing new there yet, but there's a slightly updated version of
the Nunc and a cleaner version of the Requiem there.
Settings of Jim Girard's poems:
The Lord's Prayer
(premiere performance at Christ Church Portola Valley and Woodside, 10/99)
Most of this piece was composed while I was a teaching assistant for a
cell biology class. I was required to hold a weekly office hour to
assist any student who chose to come. Over a period of ten weeks or so,
I was visited by a grand total of two or three students. I had plenty
of time for composition as a result.
Written shortly after my grandmother, Eugenia
Frothingham Lombard, died in January 2000. All but the last phrase was
composed in only a couple of hours on the plane flight back home from
Boston after her funeral.
- PDF file
- MIDI file. NOTE: While the file
is now present, not all the notes play. I cannot figure out why - sorry
for the inconvenience. If you visit my
homepage at sibeliusmusic.com, you'll be able to listen to it
- Premiere performance June 2003 Christ Church Portola Valley Woodside.
Benedictus (solo version)
Conceived originally as soprano solo Benedictus, followed by choral
Hosannas (which aren't done yet). I decided to do a complete edition
just for soprano and organ - the other version will come later. Only
took 16 months to put together!
Another surprise, inspired one night a few hours
after our choir conductor had noted in rehearsal that most modern Nunc
settings were "too weepy." First draft completed May 2004 - begun in
January or February 2004. Premiere performance at Christ Church Portola
Valley Woodside on 10/31/04.
- PDF file - Note that this is a draft, and the
layout needs improving (e.g. lyrics font too small). See my
homepage at sibeliusmusic.com for the final version.
MIDI file - available at the sibeliusmusic.com site
Works In Progress
Settings of Jim Girard's poems:
One of the first of Jim's poems that I set to music back in high
school. Currently in the process of rearrangement.
Every Time They Play My Song
I started setting this sometime in college. At this point, I've got
the first two verses and the first chorus done. Pop/rock style.
Give Me a Job (Or I'll Marry Your Daughter)
Being set by request. Sort of a combo of hard rock and blues.
One of the standard movements from the Christian Mass format.
I think it'll be pretty when it's done. Multi-part choir (I think
it goes into about seven voices), handbells, and piano.
I have a very small idea which may eventually blossom into
something bigger. Don't hold your breath waiting for this one.
An inspriational surprise - I totally didn't expect to find about the
first half of this in my head one morning after communion. A capella
four-part choir, much influence from medieval chants and John Rutter.
For soprano solo, four-part choir and organ or piano.
Choose Something Like a Star
Poem by Robert Frost. Again, a surprise; the intro few bars of piano
popped into my head, and it kind of went from there. Piano, 4-part choir.
Again, much Rutter influence.
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