The sheet music of Michael John Trotta represents a wide variety of music for SATB, SSA, TTB, unison choirs appropriate for both sacred and secular use. Many of the titles below have won critical acclaim for their unique ability to be engaging and accessible for choral groups in professional choirs, community groups, schools, churches, and synagogues.

His works I Shall See, Break of Day, Veni, Veni, Emmanuel, and Ave Maria, have quickly become as concert and liturgical favorites. Just this year, seven new titles were selected by JW Pepper for their Editor’s Choice series.

The music frequently appears on in performance at All State Choirs and on reading sessions at National, Regional, State, and Local conferences of ACDA, NAfME, AGO, NPM. In addition to this, many of these titles receive significant radio play throughout the world.

SATB Unaccompanied

SATB Accompanied

Major Works

SSA

TTB

3pt mixed opt Bar. or SAB

Even Amid the Darkest Storm

This strong and emotional work was born out the spirit of hope that evolves when a community comes together in the face of a tragedy. Swirling winds and a raging storm are expressed with text painting, and lyrical choral lines yield to a chorus filled with hope. Conservative ranges and a supportive piano part allow this piece to make a powerful and positive statement for mixed choirs of various ages and abilities.

Dusk from I Will Sing to the Stars

Written for the Jacksonville Children's Chorus, this SSAA setting of a Sara Teasdale text begins in unison. This verse structure is followed by a refrain and a canon between the two voices on the text, "the air is blue and sweet." The contrasting middle section allows the voices to become the focal point on the text, "let me sing like birds, sing before night." The third movement of the three-movement work, "I Will Sing to the Stars."

Peace from I Will Sing to the Stars

Written for the Jacksonville Children's Chorus, this SSAA setting of a Sara Teasdale text is set completely for unaccompanied voices. The text, "Peace flows into me…," is introduced on a single note, gently expanding to a fuller sonority. The next section features a straightforward declamation of the text, followed by a rhythmic ostinato that lays a foundation for legato vocal lines in the upper voices. The piece then concludes on the single note from which it began. The second movement of the three-movement work, "I Will Sing to the Stars."

Joy from I Will Sing to the Stars

Written for the Jacksonville Children's Chorus, this SSAA setting of a Sara Teasdale text opens with a sort of call and response between the voices. The music then transitions to a contrasting key and a stark contrast featuring the chorus alone. The beginning them is heard again to conclude the piece with the repeated text, "I love, I am loved." The first movement of the three-movement work, "I Will Sing to the Stars."

Psalm 145

A big, fun festival piece. The children's choir part is prominent and often sings with or against the adults, so it's essential.

O Gracious Light

While this ancient Greek evening hymn text Phos hilaron is set for a cappella SATB divisi voices, it is within the reach of most mixed-voice choirs.

The Frosted Pane

Slow and delicate, this piece uses fine vocal writing to paint a picture of winter beauty.

Sanctus

The final installment of the Missa Brevis for SA voices, this work features opportunities for unison singing and the development of independent part singing. With conservative ranges, inherit in the text are opportunities to focus on pure vowels and opportunities to work on text accentuation. An elegant addition to any concert/festival program.

Gloria

For mixed or treble choirs, this energetic choral work offers an introduction to the traditional Latin text with compound meter and accessible choral parts. Whether chosen for its educational features, its lyric melody or its energetic accompaniment, it is a wonderful way to open any concert. It can be used in combination with Trotta's other Latin works Kyrie; Agnus Dei and Sanctus to create a Missa Brevis.

Song of Myself

Conservative vocal lines combined with a spirited accompaniment captures the energetic spirit of Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass making this work an attractive piece for a wide variety of mixed ensembles.

Shenandoah

Michael Trotta's arrangement of the beloved American folk song is built on a rhythmic vocal ostinato which provides the backdrop for the soaring vocal line, casting this familiar tune in an exciting new light. This arrangement is a perfect addition to concert repertoire during concert and festival performances throughout the year. Shenandoah is also available for SATB Voices (CM9552), SSAA Voices (CM9526) and T(T)B Voices (CM9534) and is a part of the MJT Signature Series.

Te Deum for Choir, Organ, and Brass

Following the success and Carnegie Hall debut of Seven Last Words and Gloria, choirs will be selected to be part of an international consortium of choirs where each choir will host their own premiere during 2020.

Love’s Pure Light, Silent Night

This beautiful setting of Silent Night employs the original text with new music scored for SATB a cappella voices and optional descant. Color reigns supreme as the text is almost treated in a secondary manner. Mostly homophonic with a brief aleatoric moment that captures the ear. A very distinctive and memorable arrangement for any choir.

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.

Stay With Us (Peace Be With You)

Lyric and accessible, this anthem provides opportunities for artistic performance with limited rehearsal time. The final verse of the work recaps the original theme while the optional descant on the text “Peace be with you” soars. Organ or piano accompaniment.

Ubi Caritas

Ubi Caritas is a simple four-part singing, conservative ranges, and straightforward rhythms create a tapestry of sound for the solo chant line which may be sung by a soloist, performed by solo organ stop, or a C instrument. Suitable for liturgical use during Holy Week, general use, or in a concert setting. “Where there is charity and love, God is there.”

Caritas Abundat (Great and Fiery Force)

Trotta's composition is an energetic reimagining of timeless text and tune from the 12th century poet, composer, and philosopher Hildegard of Bingen. The marriage of the chant Caritas Abundat with a text taken from Liber Divinorum Operum (The Book of Divine Works) creates an entirely new work that expresses themes of empowerment. There is a reflective sense of the empowerment that comes from singing in a choir, especially the power of belonging to a group united for a purpose greater than oneself.

I Carry Your Heart With Me

Trotta's unique juxtaposition of texts from the past (Requiem text in the Liber Usualis) with the present (e.e. cummings poem i carry your heart) results in a compelling, lush composition accessible to mixed choirs of all sizes. With optional oboe and solo or small group, i carry your heart is appropriate for concert, festival, retirement or a special tribute.

Three American Folk Songs

This energetic slice of Americana, artfully arranged by Michael Trotta, includes three familiar tunes set atop a piano and violin part that captures the energy, optimism and beauty of the American spirit. It weaves the joyful energy of Cindy with the lyric beauty of The Water is Wide and finishes with the unencumbered fun of Old Dan Tucker. Optional claps, snaps and foot stomps add an additional layer of rhythmic interest and fun. Perfect for festival or as an opener or closer for your next concert.

Whatever is True

Conceived as a work for emerging choirs looking for a positive message and opportunities to develop musical skills within appropriate ranges. Whatever is True has close harmonies, optional a cappella sections, rhythmic vigor and offers many options for the growing choral ensemble. This work is a favorite with choirs and audiences a like.

I Saw a New Heaven

A flowing accompaniment and lyric vocal lines deliver this reassuring text,  “God shall wipe away all of their tears and death shall be no more.”  Piano or Organ accompaniment. Perfect for Lent or General use. Movement 6 from Light Shines in the Darkness.

Prelude and Toccata

A wonderful opportunity to show off your solo stops, this prelude and toccata features themes from the larger work Light Shines in the Darkness. It may be used either in conjunction with the larger work, in the context of a service, or as a stand-alone piece.

Love Conquers All

This anthem set Virgil’s timeless text, “Love conquers all, even death itself. Let us surrender to love.” Piano or Organ accompaniment. Perfect for Lent or General use.Movement 7 from Light Shines in the Darkness.

Death Shall Be No More

A wonderful a cappella piece for the choir looking to explore the judicious use of close harmonies within conservative vocal ranges. This moving setting uses John Donne’s text to reflect on the promise of the consolation of the afterlife.“Say not in grief that life is no more, but in thankfulness that life was. Because the dawn has come. One short sleep past we wake eternally, and death shall be no more.”

A Light Shines in the Darkness

A simple anthem featuring a mix of unison melody and straightforward homophonic singing, this work highlights the message, “you will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” Piano or Organ accompaniment. Perfect for Lent or General use.Movement 4 from Light Shines in the Darkness.