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Michael F Murray

Choral Music : Small Ensemble

After the Fall

The universal themes of loss and hope, expressed with intensity and passion in this work written to commemorate the first anniversary of 9/11, connect with audiences long after the events that inspired its creation
SATB a Cappella Chorus

After the Fall

ProductPrice
Single Choral Score$9.00
Set of 25 choral scores$140.00

PSALM 121 for Chorus and Viola

The choral setting of this magnificent Psalm, supported by the expressive viola accompaniment, effectively portrays comfort and reassurance provided by faith.

PSALM 121 for Chorus and Viola

ProductPrice
Choral Parts (16) and one Viola part$60.00
Full Score$10.00

Instrumental Music

FOUR SONGS OF SOLOMON for Tenor and Orchestra

The complex and various emotions depicted through both explicit and metaphorical references to sexual intimacy in the poetry, from the biblical Song of Songs, are enhanced by the musical setting for tenor and orchestra, which expresses the ecstasy experienced in an intimate physical relationship between two people and/or the intimate relationship between God and God's people.

FOUR SONGS OF SOLOMON for Tenor and Orchestra

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Full Score/ parts (2 Fl., 2 Ob., 2 Cl., Bass Cl., 2 Bssn., 4 Hn., 3 Trpt., 3 Trb., Timp., 4 Vn. 1, 4 Vn. 2, 3 Vla., 3 Vnc., 2 Dble. Bass).$125.00
Full Score only$50.00
Tenor Score with Piano reduction$25.00

Instrumental Music : Small Ensemble

Two Fathoms Down

The rich timbres of the low string trio are expertly exploited in the playful Scherzo and the meditative Tranquillissimo with the entire piece subtly evolving from two brief musical ideas.

Two Fathoms Down

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Full score, Viola, Violon cello and Contrabass parts$18.00

Vocal Music : Small Ensemble

Five Blake Songs

Songs for Mezzo-soprano and Clarinet
These settings for mezzo-soprano and clarinet explore 18th-century English poet William Blake’s extraordinary range of emotion in his work, from the playfulness of ‘The Fly,’ to the despair of ‘Holy Thursday,' and back to the irreverence of ‘The Little Vagabond’.

  1. The Smile
  2. I Heard an Angel Sing
  3. The Fly
  4. Holy Thursday
  5. The Little Vagabond

Five Blake Songs

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Full Score$15.00

Neutral Tones

For Baritone and Viola

The poems in this cycle, written by Thomas Hardy (1840-1928), address the process of aging and how our perceptions of significant events in our lives change over time. When looking back on memories of life and love from a mature perspective, those memories often take on a different color.

Neutral Tones

ProductPrice
Full Score$12.00

Michael F Murray
Link: http://www.michaelmurraymusic.com

Originally from suburban Maryland, Michael Murray currently lives in Springfield, Missouri, where he teaches composition and music theory at Missouri State University. He earned a BM in composition from the Catholic University of America and both the MM and DMA in composition from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, where his teachers included Allen Sapp and Frederick Bianchi. Before coming to MSU in 1997, Dr. Murray taught on the faculties of Loyola University New Orleans and Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas

His music has been described as "well crafted," "expertly and adroitly handled," and consisting of "pleasing washes of sounds and tone colors." Performances of his compositions have taken place throughout the United States, Scandinavia, and Eastern Europe. He has won awards and grants from, among others, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, Pi Kappa Lambda, and the Ohio Federation of Music Clubs. Among his commissions are those from the Missouri Chamber Players, 13th Street Gallery (Omaha), and the music fraternities of Missouri State University. In addition to works for the concert hall, he has written music for film, theater productions, dance, and visual arts installations.

His music and sound design for Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice was featured in the International Prague Quadrennial Scenofest exhibition of theater design. His recent composition for string orchestra, Tempest Fantasy, was recorded by the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra (Olomuc, Czech Republic) and released on Navona Records as part of the compilation SPELLBOUND: Captivating Works for Orchestra.

Many of the Composers published by Ars Nova Press® have numerous publications available from other publishing houses. Although these works are not available from Ars Nova Press®, we have compiled a list of these publications in an effort to promote our composers and their works.

If you would like to order any of these works, we urge you to contact your local music store, the publisher, or an online sheet music distributor such as jwpepper.com.

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