This performance conducted by the composer: “JUDASKUSS” (The Kiss of Judas) is the first movement of Triptych. (2nd movement – CHRISTI MUTTER  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6vV3P…  and 3rd movement – PETRUS.   Judas “explains” why he felt forced to betray Jesus. [Transl. from German] “I was just fulfilling the scriptures. He urged me to do it, so I had […]

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The authorship of the original text  of CHRISTI MUTTER (Stabat Mater) is still unresolved. But what is clear is the vividness, unmatched tenderness, and profound sadness of a mother watching her son die on a cross. The work features three “characters” in this epic and profoundly sad event. The first is the mother – “Christi […]

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Petrus (mvt 3, Triptych)

Peter (Petrus) was a Galilean fisherman and the brother of Andrew. Early on, Peter had many seemingly contradicting tendencies – fickle one day, while fiercely committed the next; afraid of being accused as a religious zealot, but willing to sacrifice his life for his values; gentle but tempestuous; quick to anger, but infinite in his […]

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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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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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Caritas et Amor

SSATBB/unacc. Sung by Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church (New York City); 7 times for mass at the Vatican;  The Cathedral Choir of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels; also performed by numerous colleges, universities and community choruses. Publisher: Alliance 500

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All My Heart This Night Rejoices

SATB/unacc. “All my heart, all this night rejoices as I hear, far and near, sweetest angel voices, ‘Gloria in excelsis Deo!'” Performed by Luther College on 2007 Christmas Special Publisher: Colla Voce 48-96750

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Three Metaphysical Motets

SATB/unaccompanied 1) The Collar (2:37) 2) I Saw Eternity the Other Night (1:52) 3) At the Round Earth’s Imagin’d Corners (2:48) Publisher: Alliance

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