Major Works

The Major Works Music Catalog of Composer Michael John Trotta –

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)

Recently, Dr. Trotta has had world premieres commissioned for conventions at  TMEA (Texas Music Educators Association) and ACDA (American Choral Directors Association),  in addition to being invited to conduct premieres of commissioned major works at Carnegie Hall, and at St. Paul’s Papal Basilica in Rome.

His works are published through JW PepperCarl FischerECS PublishingMorningStar MusicHal LeonardChoristers GuildBriLee MusicShawnee PressAlliance MusicGIAKjosColla Voce, and Walton Music.

Read reviews of his works in Choral JournalChoral Scholar, and Gramophone, or watch his Inside Voice interview with JW Pepper.

Recordings can be found on iTunes for the following works: For a Breath of EcstasyLight Shines in the DarknessSeven Last Words, Totus Tuus and Gloria.

And I for You (from For a Breath of Ecstasy)

This is the sixth movement of "For a Breath of Ectasy." Scored for SATB chorus, oboe, and string quartet or piano, the music is romantic and beautifully paints images found in the text: "The moon is a curving flower of gold." he accompaniment is lush and the choral writing is homophonic, with the sopranos only occasionally dividing. Duration: 3:12 Oboe part included.

For You I Am Still (from For a Breath of Ecstasy)

In this fourth movement from For a Breath of Ecstasy, the instrumental introduction leads to a completely a cappella setting of this Sara Teasdale text. This movement is slow, lyrical and hymn like. Lovely vocal lines wrap around each other and create some absolutely stunning harmonies. A wonderful piece to explore the full range of choral dynamics. There is some divisi in the soprano, and the oboe part is included in the score.

Gloria for Choir, Organ, Brass, & Percussion

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 while looking forward, all the while appealing to the modern listener.

Let Me Love (from For a Breath of Ecstasy)

The final movement from "For a Breath of Ectasy" begins rhythmically as the first movement did. In fact, the writing touches on moods and motives in many of the other six movements, although the text here is a different poem. Yet the movement stands perfectly well on its own, and the poem is sublime: "Oh, let me love with all my strength, careless if I am loved again." Duration: 4:14 Oboe part included.

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.

Magnificat for Choir and Orchestra

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 the '19-'20 season.

Peace Flows Into Me (from For a Breath of Ecstasy)

This second movement from "For a Breath of Ecstasy," is a cappella except for a short introduction and coda. The texture is SATB with a soprano descant in the first and last sections. The middle section ("piu mosso") is underlayed with a rhythmic motive in the men's parts which pulses below the more flowing women's parts. After the middle section builds to a strong emotional declamation ("they are all fulfilled in you,") The beginning material returns. Duration: 4:44 Oboe part included.

Seven Last Words (Septem Verbum Ultima)

Seven Last Words (SEPTEM ULTIMA VERBA) Michael John Trotta’s long-awaited major work, Seven LastWords, is a seven-movement choral journey through the Passion, which delivers a powerful and captivating story encompassing a breathtaking palette of em [...]

Spend All You Have on Loveliness (from For a Breath of Ecstasy)

Beautiful harmonic shifts and interesting voice leading make the this lovely piece for women's choir with oboe obbligato come alive. "Spend all you have on loveliness and never count the cost, for one white hour of singing peace counts years of strife well lost..."

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.

Wealth Enough For Me (from For a Breath of Ecstasy)

This first movement from "For A Breath of Ecstasy" has accessible choral parts and a very active accompaniment, perhaps representing the "my thoughts" part of the text. A contrasting middle section ("With Wonder") still retains a certain rhythmic pulse, before the return of the opening material. The movement ends with the touchstone phrase, "I must spend them all in song." Duration: 4:49 Oboe part included.

Who Gave My Soul to Me (from For a Breath of Ecstasy)

The third movement from "For a Breath of Ectasy" is set for TTBB Chorus, oboe, and string quartet or piano. After a calm start, a rhythmic motive begins in the bass clef of the accompaniment during the introduction and intensifies as the singers enter with the first statement of the text. There is an instrumental interlude, a recap of the entire text, and a coda. he choral writing is approachable, often beginning in unison, moving to two part and then to four parts for the last phrase and cadence. Duration: 4:35 Oboe part included.