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CX Choral Song Cycle
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CX Choral Song Cycle was composed in New York City in 2013, and was officially premiered in January 26th 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.Chico Xavier was a medium and philanthropist of Brazil’s spiritism movement in the XX century. His thoughts talk about good will and charity, and they help many people to have a happier life.The original language of the thoughts is Brazilian Portuguese. I translated them to English.Each song features one or two thoughts and the vocal texture was written to enhance their meaning. The songs can be performed separately or even in a different order. What is important is to share the message with everyone in performance.
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He Sends His Rain
I composed He sends his rain in West New York, NJ in July of 2019. This piece is a SATB setting of a biblical text found in the book of Matthew chapter 5 verses 44 and 45. The melody is featured primarily on the Soprano line with the other 3 parts giving harmonic support.
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Love is like Art
I composed Love is like Art in West New York, NJ in March of 2018. This piece is inspired by some quotes about “Love” that were taken from the American TV show “Sense8”. The first season was streamed for the first time on Netflix on June 5th 2015.
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O Nata Lux
I composed O Nata Lux in New York City, NY in February of 2020. This setting features the Latin words found on the sacred text “O Nata Lux”. The piece was premiered in NYC in May of 2021 by the soloists of Saint Michael's Episcopal Church.
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The Purpose of Life
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I wrote The Purpose of Life on March 29th, 2020 in New York City, NY, USA. By the time I finished this piece, we were in the middle of a pandemic of COVID-19, a disease caused by the spread of a kind of coronavirus. The disease already killed more than 33500 people worldwide. People all over the world are in quarantine. Although some people believe that the outbreak started in Wuhan, China, at this moment the US is the country with more COVID-19 confirmed cases: more than 142000. New York City is considered the “new” epicenter of the disease: more than 33400 confirmed cases and more than 770 deaths. I have been in quarantine for 2 weeks already. The government advised the population to remain home for the foreseeable future.
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Day is dying in the West
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I composed Day is dying in the West in West New York, NJ in August of 2019.This piece is a SATB (with divisi) setting of two stanzas taken from the poem “Day is dying in the west" written by MARY A. LATHBURY (1978). It is a 3 minutes piece featuring an evening prayer. It was premiered by the soloist of St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in New York City on January 22nd of 2020.
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The Micro Mass
I composed The Micro Mass in New York City in 2020. This piece sets the invariable portions of the Eucharistic liturgy (principally that of the Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion, and Lutheranism) to choral music. This very “short mass” can be performed separately or in its entirety. Although it is recommended that this work should be performed a cappella, the piano reduction can be played during live performances as a “support” for the singers. Also, every movement features one section of the choir as the melody, giving the opportunity to singers in every section of the choir to carry the main theme. This work was created to address the need for liturgical music that does not take much time from the service and still can feature the beauty and the poetry of these sacred texts. The entire Mass can be performed in approximately 6:00 minutes.
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NAM
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NAM was composed in West New York, NJ in 2017. Myoho-renge-kyo is the name of the Lotus Sutra in Japanese pronunciation of classical Chinese characters, and so the literal meaning of Nam-myoho-renge-kyo is "I devote myself to the Lotus Sutra." This phrase is the central mantra chanted within all forms of Nichiren Buddhism as well as Tendai Buddhism.
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Soft Rains
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I composed Soft Rains in New York City in 2015. This piece was commissioned by the Metropolitan State University of Denver Women’s Chamber Choir. The original poem is entitled “There Will Come Soft Rains”, and it was written by Sara Teasdale. The poem is part of her collection “Flame and Shadow”, published in 1920. The poem imagines nature reclaiming a battlefield after the fighting is finished. It also alludes to the idea of human extinction by war. Among many music elements used to underline the meaning of the words, right at the beginning of the piece the word “soft” is articulated in different moments by each voice part. That effect gives the audience a sense of a soft rain coming and going. This piece was premiered by MSU of Denver Women’s Chamber Choir in October 2015 in Denver, Colorado. Jay Dougherty was the conductor.
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Angele Dei
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I composed Angele Dei in West New York, NJ in June of 2019.This piece is a SATB setting of a medieval latin prayer. It is a 2 minutes piece that may bring piece and beauty to whoever performs it and listens to it. There are lots of independent movements in each vocal part. In this piece, I have tried to give each part easy melodic lines and at the same time, make the text as clear as possible.
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In The Peaceful Darkness
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In the peaceful darkness of this nightUnder the evening sky and all the stars I can seeFacing Your altar and longing for your lightI say a prayer to TheeGuide me through the darkness of my soulGive me the courage to face my dark sideTeach me the kindness to forgive myselfHelp me wipe the tears I once criedIn the peaceful darkness of this nightI say a prayer to TheeI am grateful for one more day in this WorldFor the faith and goodness that always surviveI am grateful for Your unconditional loveAnd for the blessing of being aliveAmen
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Set me as a Seal
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I composed Set me as a Seal in New York City in 2015. This piece was commissioned by The St. Michael’s Choir of St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in New York City for their 2015 choir tour to France. This piece was premiered in July 7th of 2015 at Basilique Cathédrale Sainte-Croix d’Orléans, Orleans, France. The choral texture is mostly homophonic with moments of word painting at section B. Also, the unison parts underline the main theme.
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Pater Noster
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I composed Pater Noster in New York City in 2015. Pater Noster (The Lord's Prayer) is a venerated Latin Christian prayer that, according to the New Testament, was taught by Jesus to his disciples. This text is commonly used in sacred liturgies, and it has been set to music by many composers. The choral texture is very light, with homophonic and polyphonic moments, and the melody is mostly featured in the soprano line. Right after the choral setting, there is also a voice/piano version.
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Lullaby
I composed Lullaby in West New York, in May of 2019. This piece is the second track of the EP “Crimes”. The 5 pieces of this EP tell a story of 5 crimes committed by a traumatized woman over the course of her life.
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Muskingum’s Flowery Bank
I composed Muskingum’s Flowery Bank in West New York, NJ on October of 2017. This piece was commissioned for the 2018 Marietta College Winter Gala. Dr. Jay Dougherty, conductor. This piece is based on the poem “Muskingum’s Flowery Bank” by Mary Lackey Williams.
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Free From Happiness
I composed Free From Happiness in New York, NY in April of 2020. The text was ready for more than a year prior to the completion of this composition. However, the pandemic of COVID-19 gave me the inspiration to create the music for the text. In this piece I touch upon the “Simulation Theory”.
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Voca me
I composed Voca me in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2009. The text is part of a Latin hymn called “Dies Irae” attributed to either Thomas of Celano or to Latino Malabranca Orsini . The hymn dates from at least the thirteenth century, though it is possible that it is much older, with some sources ascribing its origin to St. Gregory the Great, St. Bernard of Clairvaux, or St. Bonaventure. The poem describes the day of judgment, the last trumpet summoning souls before the throne of God, where the saved will be delivered and the unsaved cast into eternal flames. The main theme is sung by all the parts in different moments. The repetition of the main theme is a reinforcement of the meaning of this prayer.
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Someone Who Dreams
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Someone who dreams Sometimes I dream of saving the world. Saving everyone from the invisible hand The hand that brands us with an employee badge The hand that forces us to work for them The hand that claps While we are on-stage The hand that feeds us While we are in a cage The hand that controls us every day Without us knowing it. But I am not that special And I can’t stop it I am just this voice that sings I am just someone who dreams
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The Reproaches
The Reproaches was composed in West New York, NJ in 2019. Also known as the Improperia, the Reproaches are a series of antiphons and responses, expressing the remonstrance of Jesus Christ with his people. They are sung In the Catholic liturgy as part of the observance of the Passion, usually on the afternoon of Good Friday. The piece was commissioned by St. Michael’s Episcopal Church. The piece was premiered by the soloists of St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in New York City on April 19th of 2019 at the Good Friday service.
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Boredom
I composed Boredom in West New York, in May of 2019. This piece is the fourth track of the EP “Crimes”. The 5 pieces of this EP tell a story of 5 crimes committed by a traumatized woman over the course of her life.
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