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Recordings
The recordings of composer Michael John Trotta have been recognized by Gramophone for their “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)

Requiem CD

Unique in its ability to bring death and dying into the public conversation, the Requiem Mass has captivated the hearts and minds of all those who have experienced loss. Many have found that the Requiem provides and opportunity to continue healing and engenders a sense of hope. Trotta’s new work for choir and organ is a powerfully appealing and tender exploration of love and loss. Grounded in tradition while incorporating a present-day harmonic language, two Gregorian Chant motives are interwoven throughout the lush harmonies and soaring melodies exquisitely sung by Tenebrae.

O Nata Lux CD

The human voice reaches new heights with this sublime journey to heavens. The clarity and focus of O Nata Lux transport you to a place of transcendent bliss. In the tradition of the great cathedrals, this new a cappella work from Michael John Trotta is masterfully sung by Tenebrae under the direction of Nigel Short. From the gentle unfolding of Surge Illuminare and O Nata Lux (both exploring light) to the fierce intensity of Dies Irae and the poignancy of Ave Verum Corpus the performance is a breathtakingly transcendent, meditative experience leaving you refreshed and energized. Recorded live in London.

Magnificat CD

Magnificat CD is a new 40-minute work for choir, soprano and bass soli, and orchestra delivers a rich tapestry portraying anticipation of the wonder. 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.

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.

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.

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.