“Love shall be our token, love be yours and love be mine…love shall be our prayer, love shall be our sign.” This gorgeous setting of the Christina Rosetti text is a wonderful expression of love, support, and unity. Accompanied by either organ or piano, the thoughtful voicing leading, conservative ranges, and opportunities for expressive singing make it both accessible and musically satisfying.

Love Shall Be Our Token

Love one another,
Love one another,
By this you shall know, (by this we become)
That you are mine. (a gift for human kind)

Love one another,
Love one another,
By this you shall know, (by this we become)
That you are mine. (a gift for human kind)

Love shall be our token,
Love be yours and love be mine,
Love to God and all men,
Love (as prayer) and gift and sign.

You shall be known,
By your love,
As you live on in me,
And I in you.

Love shall be our token,
Love be yours and love be mine,
Love to God and all men,
Love (as prayer) and gift and sign.

Fueled by a passion to share new music that engages conductors, ensembles, and audiences alike, Michael John Trotta (b.1978) is fast becoming one of the most “exciting and prominent new composers of choral music.” Drawing on his experience as a conductor and clinician, he brings artistry and excellence within reach for thousands of musicians each year.

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)

Prior to his work as a full-time composer, his experience as an educator at the elementary, middle school, high school, and university levels – as well as a church music director – infuses his works with “an intimate knowledge of the human voice” and a “rare sensitivity to the capabilities of a choral ensemble.” This, combined with his degrees in music education and a doctorate in choral conducting, have grounded his style in tradition, which blend with his modern sensibilities to “inform the thoughts and aspirations of the people and the time” (Choral Scholar) and to create “tender harmonies and a palette of glowing vocal and instrumental colors.” (Gramophone)  read more . . .

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