Justitiae Domine

Beautiful a cappella harmonies on a Latin text from Psalm 19 are a wonderful way to develop part independence and musical sensitivity. Opening on a simple unison note, the harmonies build in accessible counterpoint before a contrasting homophonic middle section. Lyrical and expressive, this piece is suitable for concerts, festivals, and services.

Justitiae Domini rectae, laetificantes corda;
et judicia eius dulciora super mel et favum.
Nam servus tuus custodit ea.

The law of the Lord is just, and brings joy to the heart;
and his ways are sweeter than honey, sweeter than honey from the honeycomb,
for your servant that keeps them.

From the album O Nata Lux

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ueled by a passion for combining tradition and innovation, American composer Michael John Trotta (b.1978) creates music that resonates with modern audiences around the world. From Carnegie Hall to cathedrals and concert halls around the world, he creates “elegant, singable music with a strong, spiritual heft” (Choir and Organ Magazine).

Seasoned by his experience as a conductor at the primary, secondary, and university levels – as well as a church music director – his works are infused with an “intimate knowledge of the human voice and a rare sensitivity to the capabilities of a choral ensemble” (Fanfare). The “dynamic interplay of time-honored musical gestures with present-day sonorities” (Choral Scholar) create “tender harmonies and a palette of glowing vocal and instrumental colors” (Gramophone).

In addition to a significant output of music for unaccompanied choir, he has written nine choral-orchestral works on a larger scale. His most recent work, “Requiem,” was recorded by Tenebrae Choir (Nigel Short, conductor).

His select concert and sacred music is published by Hampton Roads Music Group and is distributed by Excelcia Music. For more information, a complete list of compositions, or to get in touch, visit his official website www.mjtrotta.com.