I Have Loved Hours at Sea

I have loved hours at sea, gray cities, The fragile secret of a flower, Music, the making of a poem That gave me heaven for an hour; First stars above a snowy hill, Voices of people kindly and wise, And the great look of love, long hidden, Found at last in meeting eyes. I have […]

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Kyrie

SATB/unacc.; written for Dr. Gary Schwartzhoff and the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Concert Choir for their recent tour to Europe; built on tritones, this work has an intense sense of yearning and human longing to find an anchor of peace. Published only on this website (www.zrstroope.com); not available through distributors. Note: E-music purchases are for […]

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Michelangelo’s Sonnet

SSAATBB/unaccompanied; commissioned by the Oklahoma Choral Directors Association; text by Michelangelo; Italian language translation: “Love takes me captive, beauty binds my soul…”; 4’10” Premiered by the Oklahoma Music Educators Association – January 2019 Publisher:  Alliance Music Publ.  Released in print, January 2019

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She Walks in Beauty

SATB/piano;   Carl Fischer (CM9607); Poet – Lord George Gordon Byron, described as “mad, bad and dangerous to know,” is one of the greatest British poets. He was known for his brilliant use of the English language, as well as his flamboyant lifestyle and romantic escapades. Scholars believe that Byron wrote She Walks in Beauty in 1814 […]

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And Sure Stars Shining …

There will be rest, and sure stars shining, Over the roof-tops crowned with snow. A reign of rest, serene forgetting, The music of stillness holy and low. I will make this world of my devising, Out of a dream in my lonely mind, I shall find the crystal of peace, –above me Stars I shall […]

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Dance for Love

SATB/piano;  Civil War text; subject of perseverance, love and homecoming;  commissioned by Choirs of America; recorded by the Southwest Repertory Singers, Z. Randall Stroope, conducting. “….The cannons are silent, no drum o’er the hedge row; just the sound of rain on summer wheat; I dance to beauty, I dance to laughter; Beyond the pinewood, through […]

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Northwest Passage

Written for David Edmonds and the University of Montana choirs; a set of 3 shorter works; 1. A Willow By the River, 2.  Mountains, 3.  The Prairie; works are for SATB/piano (or SATB/orchestra) E. C. Schirmer Piano/Choral, No. 1.3438; Orchestra full score, No. 1.2453; Parts,  No. 1.3454

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Os Justi

SSATBB unaccompanied; Written as a gift to friend, and former Maestro di Cappella at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, Pablo Colino. Premiered at mass at the Vatican.

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Odysseus and the Sirens

SSATB/soprano solo/piano/crotales; depicts the journey of Odysseus (the mythological seafarer) as he approaches the Island of the Sirens; epic text.  Randall performed this work on the 2016 Southwestern ACDA convention in Kansas City. Written for Dr. Trent Brown the choirs at Florida Gulf Coast University.  

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