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Items by Janet Braccio

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Announcement: American composer, Richard Toensing, 1940 to 2014
Richard Edward Toensing (1940-2014) was a prize-winning composer, a respected teacher, an accomplished choral conductor, a lover of good music and an avid gardener with a special weakness for irises. He died of pancreatic cancer on July 2. Toensing was born and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota. In hi...
Comment: Re: Darkness and Light Concert
Dear Tod,   For your women’s chorus, I recommend that you consider Lux ex Nocte (Light Out of the Night), by Richard Toensing, which sets three sacred Latin hymns and uses both the music and the text to express the emotional contrast and conflict between light and darkness. The first section o...
Comment: Re: SA or SSA literature
Hi Amalie, You may be interested in the “Awed by the Beauty,” by the distinguished American composer Richard Toensing. Scored for SSA, the Byzantine melody lies in the top voice, while the two bottom voices provide a lovely homorhythmic counterpoint, not entirely avoiding the occasional passin...
Comment: Re: Exciting extended sacred works from 20th-21st Century composers
Dear Larry, If you are looking for something sacred, contemporary, beautiful, and somewhat challenging, I recommend you consider Responsoria (Book Two), by distinguished composer Richard Toensing. This beautiful and poignant work is scored for six-part chorus, six soloists, double bass, piano, a...
Comment: Re: Good Friday Extended Repertoire
Dear Graeme, If you are looking for something sacred, contemporary, beautiful, and somewhat challenging to program for Good Friday, I recommend you consider Responsoria (Book Two), by distinguished composer Richard Toensing. This beautiful and poignant work is scored for six-part chorus, six so...
Comment: Re: Women's Choir - Repertoire with percussion (especially multi-movement works)
Dear J.-C.,   I highly recommend Richard Toensing’s Lux ex Nocte for women’s choir and marimba, which sets three sacred Latin hymns and uses both the music and the text to express the emotional contrast and conflict between light and darkness. The first section of the work, O lux beata Trini...
Comment: Re: Unusual Christmas arrangements
Hi Phyllis,   You'll definitely want to take a look at Richard Toensing's set of 24 New Orthodox Carols for the Nativity of Christ, all of which are beautiful, approachable, and varied, both in spirit and in musical idiom. Some are in the Greco-Byzantine style, some are in a pentatonic folk-like...
Comment: Re: Literature for chamber choir with orchestra
Travis,   Requiem Prayers, by Richard Toensing, is a deep and moving choral work with universal appeal for healing and remembrance, which may be timely and appropriate based on what we as a nation have already experienced this year—Boston Marathon bombing, fertilizer plant explosions in West, T...
Comment: Re: music for christmas
Hi Indira Catherine,   You'll definitely want to take a look at Richard Toensing's set of 24 New Orthodox Carols for the Nativity of Christ, all of which are beautiful, approachable, and varied, both in spirit and in musical idiom. Some are in the Greco-Byzantine style, some are in a pentatonic f...
Comment: Re: Advent music on theme of "Light"
Hi Brian,   For your December Advent program, I highly recommend that you consider using a selection from Richard Toensing's set of 24 New Orthodox Carols for the Nativity of Christ, which are beautiful, approachable, and varied, both in spirit and in musical idiom. Some are in the Greco-Byzanti...
Comment: Re: Extended SATB Choral Works for Holiday Season for University Choir
Hi Rachel,   Richard Toensing’s Orthodox Christmas choral concerto, “The Kontakion on the Nativity of Christ” is a relatively new work and might fit perfectly on your next year’s holiday program. Written for unaccompanied double SATB choir and six soloists, the “Kontakion,” approxima...
Comment: Re: Real resurrection music?
Hi Paul,   Paschal Canon, one of Richard Toensing’s most recent works, is a setting of the complete Paschal Canon of St. John of Damascus, a text sung in the Eastern Orthodox Church every Easter. Rich in textural and musical variety, this is a work that will delight singers and audiences...
Announcement: Requirem Prayers (for Healing and Remembrance)
Requiem Prayers, by Richard Toensing, is a deep and moving choral work with universal appeal for healing and remembrance. In English, the work for SSATB choir draws from Orthodox funeral texts and has a performance time of ca. 9 minutes. The score is available in three versions:  SSATB choir ...
Announcement: “Evening Prayers” for mezzo-soprano solo and women’s choir (SSAA), by Richard Toensing
"Evening Prayers" is Richard Toensing’s latest choral work, scored for mezzo-soprano solo, women's choir (SSAA), woodwind quartet, and harp. This lush and beautiful setting of part of the Orthodox Liturgy of Great Compline combines ethereal modal harmonies with a melody based largely on Byzan...
Comment: Re: Christmas Music for small SATB Community Choir
Hi Philip,   I recommend that you take a look at Richard Toensing's set of 24 New Orthodox Carols for the Nativity of Christ, which are beautiful, approachable, and varied, both in spirit and in musical idiom. Some are in the Greco-Byzantine style, some are in a pentatonic folk-like idiom, an...
Comment: Re: Searching for new unpublished Christmas music
Dear Michael,   I highly recommend you take a look at Richard Toensing's set of 24 New Orthodox Carols for the Nativity of Christ. These carols are beautiful, approachable, and varied, both in spirit and in musical idiom. Some are in the Greco-Byzantine style, some are in a pentatonic folk...
Comment: Re: Suggestions Christmas Repertoire
Dear Leonardo,   I recommend that you consider Richard Toensing's set of 24 New Orthodox Carols for the Nativity of Christ. They are not difficult, and they are beautiful, approachable, and varied, both in spirit and in musical idiom. Some are in the Greco-Byzantine style, some are in a penta...
Comment: Re: Christmas Music for small SATB Community Choir
Dear Philip,   I encourage you to take a look at Richard Toensing's set of 24 New Orthodox Carols for the Nativity of Christ, which are beautiful, approachable, and varied, both in spirit and in musical idiom. Some are in the Greco-Byzantine style, some are in a pentatonic folk-like i...
Comment: Re: Greek Orthodox Choral Music
Dear Bing, Though written more in the slavic tradition than the Greek, I recommend that you consider Richard Toensing's "The Kontakion on the Nativity of Chirst." This work is especially approachable and makes a profound musical and spiritual impact on everyone:  choristers, soloists, audience. ...
Comment: Re: (Obscure) Christmas carols from around the world
Hi Kiersten,   I highly recommend that you take a look at the set of 24 New Orthodox Carols for the Nativity of Christ, written by the distinguished composer Richard Toensing. These carols are beautiful, approachable, and varied, both in spirit and in musical idiom. Some are in the Greco-Byz...
Comment: Re: russian power choir works for double chorus (or more)
Dear Bruce,   I have three wonderful recommendations for you, by the distinguished American composer Richard Toensing. Known for his deep commitment to the authenticity of the text, Toensing’s ability to create beautiful and meaningful compositions for both instrumental and choral ensembles...
Comment: Re: Repertoire ideas for a graduate conducting recital on 9/11
Dear Jeffrey,   I would highly recommend that you consider “Requiem Prayers,” by the distinguished American composer Richard Toensing. Drawing from Orthodox funeral texts, this moving and gorgeous choral work for SSATB choir and chamber orchestra was written to commemorate the 10th a...
Comment: Re: Looking for a cappella arrangements of Christmas music
Hi Susan, On the sacred side, I recommend a selection from Richard Toensing's glorious set of 24 New Orthodox Carols for the Nativity of Christ. These carols are beautiful, approachable, and varied, both in spirit and in musical idiom. Some are in the Greco-Byzantine style, some are in a pentaton...
Comment: Re: "Hottest" New Choral Composers
Dear Maria,   The distinquished American composer, Richard Toensing, www.richardtoensing.com, is someone you should definitely be aware of. His choral music, while challenging, is goregous and approachable. You can hear a number of selections of his work on YouTube:  "Magnificat" and "Lux ex...
Comment: Re: New Women's Group forming - REP?
Dear Chris,   I’m certain that your newly formed women’s choir will enjoy reading through the “New Orthodox Carols for the Nativity of Christ,” by distinguished American composer, Richard Toensing.  Thirteen of the 24 carols are scored for SSA, and they are beautiful, approachab...
Comment: Re: sacred contemporary repertoire
Dear Silvia,   I recommend that you consider Responsoria, by the distinguished American composer, Richard Toensing.   Responsoria is a beautiful and challenging work composed in three liturgical “books” for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday. It is scored for six-part...
Comment: Re: Newer repertoire for chamber choir and strings
Dear Roger, I would highly recommend that you consider “Requiem Prayers,” by the distinguished composer, Richard Toensing, www.richardtoensing.com. Although this work was originally written to mark the 10th anniversary of 9/11, it is perfectly appropriate for memorial services or other ...
Comment: Re: SSA challenging repertoire
Dear Rudy,   I'd like to suggest two "challenging pieces" for you to consider for your youth choir, both by the well-regarded American composer, Richard Toensing, www.richardtoensing.com.   Lux ex Nocte (Light Out of the Night), sets three sacred Latin hymns and uses both the musi...
Concert: Lux ex Nocte, World Premiere by Richard Toensing
Lux ex Nocte Performed by In Mulieribus, written by Richard Toensing Wednesday, December 21, 2011 7:30 p.m. St. Philip Neri Church 2408 SE 16th Avenue, Portland, ORLux ex Nocte was commissioned by In Mulieribus and composed for six virtuosic female singers. www.inmulieribus.org, www.r...
Comment: Re: Contemporary Choral Music
Dear Karyn,   There is a new setting of the Magnificat, by Richard Toensing, for four-part women’s choir and harp. It is a unique blend of the Christian East and West traditions and a wonderful alternative to Britten's A Ceremony of Carols.   Listen to the Magnificat, perfor...
Comment: Re: Christmas Cantata
Hi Reese,   I recommend the Christmas cantata, "The Advent Gospel," by the American contemporary composer, Richard Toensing. This beautiful work calls for 9 instruments (flute, oboe, bassoon, trumpet, 2 trombones, glockenspiel, violin, cello, and organ) plus choir, and soloists. The work i...
Comment: Re: Women's chorus repertoire
Dear Ryan, There is a new, gorgeous setting of the Magnificat, by Richard Toensing, www.RichardToensing.com, for four-part women’s choir and harp that I highly recommend. It is a unique blend of the Christian East and West traditions, and the running time is approximately 15 minutes. ...
Comment: Re: looking for more composers that sound like Eric Whitacre
Dear Brandon, If you are looking for a contemporary composer whose choral music is exquiste, be sure to check out Richard Toensing, www.richardtoensing.com. His recent works, the Kontakion on the Natvity of Christ (double choir) and Magnificat (women's choir & harp) are beautiful gems. Here ...
Comment: Re: Need Christmas cantata with limited number of instruments
Dear Catherine, I recommend "The Advent Gospel," by the American composer, Richard Toensing. This beautiful work calls for 9 instruments (flute, oboe, bassoon, trumpet, 2 trombones, glockenspiel, violin, cello, and organ) plus choir, and soloists. All the parts are playable by good college ...
Comment: Re: The Annunciation and Magnificat in Treble Voicing
Dear Carla, There is a gorgeous, new setting of the Magnificat, by Richard Toensing, for four-part women’s choir and harp. It is a unique blend of the Christian East and West traditions and a wonderful alternative to Britten's A Ceremony of Carols.   Listen to the first half of the M...
Announcement: New Choral Work Commemorating 9/11, 10th Anniversary
  Requiem Prayers, by Richard Toensing, commemorates those who lost their lives in the tragedy on September 11, 2001. Drawing from Orthodox funeral texts, this moving and gorgeous choral work has universal appeal for commemorating the 10th anniversary date. The work has a performance time of...
Announcement: Richard Erickson Named Music Director Boulder Bach Festival
The Boulder Bach Festival Board of Directors has appointed Richard (Rick) Erickson, noted cantor, organist, and conductor at Holy Trinity Church in New York City, as the new music director, effective July 2011. “Rick Erickson’s depth of knowledge of Bach and his music is an incredibl...
Announcement: New Orthodox Carols for the Nativity of Christ, by Richard Toensing
Richard Toensing's set of 24 New Orthodox Carols for the Nativity of Christ are beautiful, approachable, and varied, both in spirit and in musical idiom. Some are in the Greco-Byzantine style, some are in a pentatonic folk-like idiom, and still others are in standard Western tonality, yet all of t...
Comment: Re: Last minute Xmas music suggestions
Dear Donald,   Here's your perfect solution: Choose several carols from Richard Toensing's glorious set of 24 New Orthodox Carols for the Nativity of Christ. These carols are beautiful, approachable, and varied, both in spirit and in musical idiom. Some are in the Greco-Byzantine style, so...
Announcement: Magnificat (four-part women's choir & harp)
There is a new setting of the Magnificat, by Richard Toensing, for four-part women’s choir and harp. It is a unique blend of the Christian East and West traditions and a wonderful alternative to Britten's A Ceremony of Carols.   Listen to the Magnificat, performed by In Mulieribus,...
Comment: Re: Easy 2 or 3 part unaccompanied pieces SA/SSA
Lesley-Anne,   If you want simple and beautiful Christmas carols for your choir, American composer, Richard Toensing, recently arranged some of his carols for young choirs singing in two parts. Please contact me for more information, should you be interested.   Janet Braccio Bella Voce...
Comment: Re: Modern pieces dealing with the life of Jesus
Dear Matthew,   “The Kontakion on the Nativity of Christ,” is an Orthodox Christmas choral concerto that uses the dramatic words of St. Romanos the Melodist (6th c.) to recount the mystery of Jesus' birth. Commissioned (and premiered) by the American choir, Cappella Romana, the “...
Comment: Re: a cappella pieces using texts by mystics
Dear Cherwyn,   Richard Toensing’s Orthodox Christmas choral concerto, “The Kontakion on the Nativity of Christ” is a goregous new a cappella work might be a perfect fit  for what you are looking for. Written for unaccompanied double SATB choir and six soloists, the “Kontakion,” ap...
Comment: Re: Christmas program ideas
Hi, Bonnie,   Here's your perfect solution: Choose several carols from Richard Toensing's glorious set of 24 New Orthodox Carols for the Nativity of Christ. These carols are beautiful, approachable, and varied, both in spirit and in musical idiom. Some are in the Greco-Byzantine style, some a...
Resource: Richard Toensing (Colorado, USA)
Comment: Re: SATB Christmas with harp
Dear David,   I have the perfect piece for you. MAGNIFICAT, by Richard Toensing. It's a goregous four-part women's piece (SSAA) with a beautiful harp accompaniment that runs approximately 15 minutes. Have a listen on YouTube, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oSWlz4vfvpU, and at http://www.youtube.com...
Comment: Re: Looking for large a cappella sacred choral works of 20th/21st C.
Dear John,   I encourage you to consider “The Kontakion on the Nativity of Christ,” a gorgeous Orthodox Christmas choral concerto by Richard Toensing. Written for unaccompanied double SATB choir and six soloists, the “Kontakion,” approximately 32 minutes, uses the dramatic words of St. Rom...
Announcement: “Performance Today” Featured Composer Richard Toensing, Jan. 8, 2010
Performance Today on Jan 8, in its weekly feature of 21st century composers, included excerpts from the "Kontakion on the Nativity of Christ," an Orthodox Christmas choral concerto, along with comments from its composer Richard Toensing. The "Kontakion" was performed by Cappella Romana, with c...
Concert: A Rose in Midwinter, Presented by In Mulieribus - Portland, Ore.
The annual Christmas concert featuring medieval carols and traditional favorites, with a special world premiere of Magnificat by award-winning American composer, Richard Toensing and guest, Jeffrey Parsons, harp.   December 11, 2009 at 7:30 p.m. St. Philip Neri Catholic Church Portland, Oregon