Major Works Catalog - Composer Michael John Trotta

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.

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.

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, 8 choirs performed simultaneous premieres during the '19-'20 season.

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 [...]

Te Deum for Choir, Organ, and Brass

Te Deum was commissioned by a consortium of 8 choirs for simultaneous nationwide premieres during the 2019-2020 season. A 15-minute work for choir with brass and organ or chamber orchestra, this three-movement work delivers an energetic and poignant reflection on one of the oldest hymns in the Christian tradition. The composer has set the text in Latin or English, that the music might be used either in concert or worship settings. While it departs in tradition from the Book of Common Prayer translation (which arguably cannot be surpassed), this new poetic English translation reflects the spirit of the text and will resonate with modern day performers and listeners alike.

Venite Adoremus for Choir and Orchestra

Experience the majesty, mystery, and wonder of the Nativity with Venite Adoremus, a new 5 movement work for choir, soprano, bass, and orchestra. The work centers around the text "Venite Adormeus" (O Come Let's Us Adore Him), tells the story of the Nativity according to the Gospel of Luke, as well includes a more intimate portrait of the birth in two a cappella settings: the Shepherds carol by Margaret Deland and the traditional O Magnum Mysterium (O Great Mystery).