SATB Accompanied

The SATB Accompanied 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.

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.

All Beautiful You Are

A pastoral piano accompaniment, legato vocal lines, subtle rhythmic dissonance and rich harmonic palette combine to reveal this timeless text. The contrasting middle section features a cappella choir and includes an optional soprano solo on the text [...]

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.

Be Still and Know

One of the most beloved passages of scripture, "Be still and know that I am God" is given a sensitive new melody in this accessible anthem. The gentle dialogue between voices and piano accompaniment will provide a moment of peaceful assurance in you [...]

Benediction

This original text by Sandra Billy is a compelling setting for choir with optional solo and descant. It features accessible vocal lines and optional tenor line. It is appropriate for general and liturgical use with a variety of ensembles. It was com [...]

Break of Day

This edition of "Break of Day," originally conceived for the A Cappella Recital Choir at Louisiana State University, was prepared for the Pearland High School Chamber Choir. It is an account of two lovers faced with parting, and legato vocal lines u [...]

Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep

This reassuring text, simply set for choir features a lyric melody that is perfect for the choir with limited rehearsal time. Set with Organ or Piano accompaniment and optional string quartet. Movement I from the large work Light Shines in the Darkness.

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.

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.

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.

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.

I Seek a Faith

A poignant reflection on the Isaiah text “the grass has dried up and the flower has fallen” the refrain of this piece is the prayer of someone seeking faith amidst the darkness. Piano or Organ accompaniment. Perfect for Lent or General use. “The grass has dried up and the flower has fallen . . . but you last forever. Therefore, I seek a faith that sets it right. I think on heav’n for in that air so clear that we may meet though once departed here.”Movement 2 from Light Shines in the Darkness.

In the Bleak Midwinter

A new setting of a traditional poem, "In the Bleak Midwinter" juxtaposes simple melodic beauty with a wider harmonic palette in the interior sections. These interior sections can be performed with the optional accompaniment, or a cappella. The use o [...]

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.

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.

Love Song

Love Song . . . Accessible vocal lines, harmonic interest, and a understated and spirited piano accompaniment, offer an access point to Rilke's mystical poetry. The addition of the soaring violin double-stops are a musical illustration of the text, [...]

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.

Make Space for Life to Live

Make Space for Life to Live features expansive yet accessible vocal lines perfect for the emerging choir negotiating the challenges of adolescent voice change. It offers compelling melodies and singable vocal lines interwoven with a piano accompanim [...]

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.

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.

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..."

The Lord is My Shepherd

A delightfully captivating original setting of this beloved text, the flowing accompaniment perfectly compliments the legato vocal lines.

This Present Moment

The text is set to emphasize the universal message of a letter over 500 years old, with a message as timeless as ever. The theme of finding the sacred in the present moment appears in all of the major mystical traditions of those who seek union with [...]