Recordings - Music of Composer - Michael John Trotta

The recordings of composer Michael John Trotta have been recognized by Gramophone for its “appealing melodic lines, tender harmonies and a palette of glowing vocal and instrumental colors.” Seven Last Words is considered by Choral Scholar to “informs the thoughts and aspirations of the people and the time.” Veni, Veni, Emmanuel was heralded by the Choral Journal for its ability to effectively carry out that dialogue between the [music] and the modern listener.”

Fueled by a passion to share new music that engages conductors, ensembles, and audiences alike, Michael John Trotta (b.1978) is fast becoming one of the most “exciting and prominent new composers of choral music.” Drawing on his experience as a conductor and clinician, he brings artistry and excellence within reach for thousands of musicians each year.

From Carnegie Hall to classrooms all over the world, Trotta’s unique blend of engaging and artistic music creates opportunities to experience new music and empowers individuals to realize their artistic potential. His engaging style fuses tradition and innovation to create moments of beauty that “effectively carry out a dialogue between the [music] and the modern listener.” (Choral Journal)

Gloria CD

A new work for choir, brass, organ, and percussion, Michael John Trotta’s Gloria delivers a tapestry of melodic richness. A strong sense of architecture guides the listener through the three contrasting movements, full of triumphant drama. Trotta’s work is a rare example of music that is both grounded in tradition and appealing to the modern listener.

Light Shines in the Darkness (SATB/keyboard/opt. Strings)

A Light Shines in the Darkness is a multi-movement, large work for choir, organ or piano, opt. strings suitable for a concert use or liturgical context. Cast in 8 moments the work draws on texts that examine the many facets of death, the pain of transitions, and the hope and joy of a better place.

For A Breath of Ecstasy (CD)

For a Breath of Ecstasy is a work for Choir, Oboe, and Strings in 7 movements. It was commissioned by NSU Choir to commemorate the work of Sara Teasdale.

Seven Last Words CD

Trotta’s Seven Last Words is a multi-movement work (approximately 40 minutes) scored for Sop and Bar soloists, SATB Choir and small orchestra. It will receive its Carnegie Hall debut in May of 2017 under the baton of the composer. A project commissioned by the Presbyterian Music Association, the work promises to be a landmark of the genre, as very few American composers have composed a Seven Last Words.

In The Bleak Midwinter (CD)

Following the success of his previous two albums, this album includes new recordings of Break of Day, In the Bleak Midwinter, and This Present Moment for choir and orchestra. Also included are unaccompanied works in the style of "I Shall See" including Veni, Veni, Emmanuel and Adam Lay YBounden, as well as a moving new setting the "Silent Night" text (All is Calm).

Totus Tuus (CD)

Totus Tuus (CD) is the new 6-track EP from New York City-based composer Michael John Trotta. Following his debut album, which was hailed as “elegant, singable music with strong spiritual heft”, Michael John Trotta returns with Totus Tuus, a superbly crafted intimate a cappella works performed by The New York Repertory Singers, conducted by the composer, and The Singers conducted by Matthew Culloton.