SATB/Virtuoso Piano Collaborator (4 movements) Commissioned by the Music Teachers National Association (work that features the piano, “accompanied by choir”)  James Johnson, pianist Water lilies are not securely grounded. Rather, they are tossed by wind, pounded by rain, and their large, leathery floating leaves wither in dry seasons. Still, water lilies survive. They manage to return year after […]

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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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SPECTRA (Nature’s Eternal Sunrise) SATB/orchestra or SATB/wind ensemble (band); 4’35” Premiered 2019 “Fountains of life! Eternal sunrise! Radiant white beams of light, And prisms on the crystal rocks. Mountains and prairies, The meadows and valleys, Flush of alpenglow, All nature rejoices! Snow is melting is music, singing stream bankfull of melodies rising with rhythm of […]

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