Compositions

Choral Sacred
    (All works are published by Herbolsheimer Music Catalogue unless otherwise noted)

  • Alma Redemptoris MaterRequest score
    SA Solos, SSATTB (3')
    Text: Latin
  • As Water Ascends to a CloudRequest score
    Sop. Solo, SSSAATTBB (3')
    Text: Rumi, tr. Herbolsheimer
    Elegant, challenging soprano solo
  • Ave ReginaRequest score
    SSAATTBB (6')
    Text: Latin
    Octatonic harmony, exotic and simple
  • Awaken, EarthRequest score
    SATB, Brass Quintet, Organ, Timpani (5')
  • ….for they shall….Request score
    SATB, 2 Trumpets, Timpani (4')
    Text: Matthew 5
  • Balulalow (Choral Version)Request score
    SSATB
    Text: Wedderburn
  • Beati Quorum ViaRequest score
    SSATBB (3.5')
    Published by Colla Voce 39-20120
    Text: Ps. 119, v.1
    Chant-like moments interspersed with with harmony, a sacred text set for a secular choir. The work is set for six-part choir, with sopranos and basses divided. Three women’s parts often function more or less independently from the men. Meanwhile, the tenors sing a smooth rising line, lingering on pitches dissonant to the women’s chords. After a chant-like section when the whole choir is in octaves, the men and women trade roles. There is another chant episode, then the work ends calmly in G major: what had been a widely spaced, dreamlike chord at the beginning is now a peaceful, resonant, blessed home.
  • BlessedRequest score
    SSA, piano (4')
    Published by G Schirmer 50486220
    Text: Beatitudes
    Bern Herbolsheimer loved French music. You can hear it in his choice of texts, the clarity of his textures, and especially the sumptuousness of his harmonies. In Blessed, you can especially hear the Erik Satie of the Gymnopédies in the piano’s gentle oscillations. The women sing almost entirely in unison, with open, warm melodic intervals. Such musical decisions aptly fit Herbolsheimer’s chosen lines from the Beatitudes: his concern is for those who humbly embrace peace.
  • Cantata No. 4 - What Wondrous Love in 7 movementsRequest score
    I. Prelude
    Violin, Cello, Harp, Organ (1')
    II. What wondrous love is this
    SATB (1')
    Text: Traditional
    Two-part writing thoughout
    III. Jesus, Thy boundless love to me
    SA unison, Violin, Cello, Harp (1')
    Text: Bernard of Clairveu
    IV. When I was sinking down
    TB unison men, Violin, Cello, Harp, Organ (1')
    Text: Traditional
    V. Lord, who created man
    SATB, Harp, Organ (1')
    Text: George Herbert
    VI. To God, and to the Lamb
    SATB, Violin, Cello, Harp, Organ (2')
    Text: Traditional
    VII. And, when from death I'm free
    SATB unison, Violin, Cello, Harp, Organ (1.5')
    Text: Traditional
  • David Mourns for AbsolomRequest score
    SSAATTBB (6.25')
    Published by EC Schirmer 7.0430
    Text: 2 Samuel (18:33, 19:4)
    Tour de force, challenging
  • His PilgrimageRequest score
    SATB, Viola (4.5')
    Text: Sir Walter Raleigh
  • Inscriptions of St. James Cathedral in 6 movementsRequest score
    I. I am the Vine
    SSATTB (4')
    Text: John 15
    I am the vine is one of six settings of inscriptions found on the walls of St. James Cathedral. The commission specifies that the work was written “for those branches in our midst who serve,” referencing the text that compares worshippers to parts of a vine. Bern depicts the vine ingeniously in the music itself: two parts, initially alto and soprano, whose melodic fragments interweave, growing steadily to a contemplative pentatonic chord. This repeats a step higher, as the vines crawl up. When the text shifts to the branches, the sopranos leap up as if reaching dramatically to the sky. For the final declaration that the faithful will “bear much fruit,” Bern returns to the opening music with subtle changes that relax the harmony to a gentle D major.
    II. Domus Dei, Porta Coeli
    Ten. Solo, SATB, 2 Trumpet , 2 Trombones, Organ (5')
    Text: Genesis 28
    III. Into Marvelous Light
    SAATB, Organ
    Text: 1 Peter 2
    IV. I am In Your Midst
    SATB
    Text: Luke 22
    V. Adeste Fideles (O Come All Ye Faithful)
    Cong., Organ, 2 Trumpets, 1 French Horn, 1 Trombone, 1 Tuba, Timpani
    Text: Adeste Fideles (O Come All Ye Faithful)
    Also available for 2 Trumpets, 2 Trombones
    VI. Truly I Tell You
    SAATBB (3')
    Text: Matthew 24:40
  • It Was Not You Who Chose MeRequest score
    SATB (5')
    Text: John 15, 16 - 17
    This short church anthem was written to commemorate retirement of Father William E. Gallagher who was the parish priest at St. James Cathedral. It is in two main parts, with a brief homophonic bridge and a gentle coda. The two main sections have the same melodic idea of a steadily rising fifth. The first time the text is “It was not you who chose me”, whereas the second time it is “This I command you”, as if the commandment were a direct result, even a benefit, of having been chosen. The harmony, as is often in Bern’s music, is vaguely French, sprinkled with modal and pentatonic flavors. Those primary sections both begin in E minor, flirting with E major. The final exhortation to “love one another” has no such ambiguity, but leads restfully to D major.
  • Kader KicRequest score
    Ten. Solo, SSAATTBB
    Text: Tatar, Gabdulla Tukai
    Classic Islamic Text about The Night of Destiny
  • Let Us Sing Sweet Songs, Version 2Request score
    Sop. & Bar. Solos, SATB, Full Orchestra
    Text: Irvine A. Huck
    Peace Mass
  • Let Us Sing Sweet Songs, Version IRequest score
    Sop. & Ten. Solos, SATB, Organ, Oboe, Percussion
    Text: Irvine A. Huck
    Peace Mass
  • Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis in 2 movementsRequest score
    I. Magnificat
    SATB, organ
    Text: Book of Common Prayer
    May be preformed separately
    II. Nunc Dimittis
    SATB, organ
    Text: Book of Common Prayer
    May be preformed separately
  • Mass for Treble Voices in 5 movementsRequest score
    I. Kyrie
    SSA, Bb Clarinet, Piano
    Text: Latin, Traditonal Mass Texts
    Stunning, austere setting
    II. Gloria
    SSA, Bb Clarinet, Piano
    Text: Latin, Traditonal Mass Texts
    Stunning, austere setting
    III. Credo
    SSA, Bb Clarinet, Piano
    Text: Latin, Traditonal Mass Texts
    Stunning, austere setting
    IV. Sanctus
    SSA, Bb Clarinet, Piano
    Text: Latin, Traditonal Mass Texts
    Stunning, austere setting
    V. Agnus Dei
    SSA, Bb Clarinet, Piano
    Text: Latin, Traditonal Mass Texts
    Stunning, austere setting
  • O Clavis DavidRequest score
    SATB, some divisi
    Text: Advent O Antiphons
  • O Lord, Increase My FaithRequest score
    SATB (2')
    Published by Galaxy Music 1.3050
    Text: Book of Common Prayer
  • Once in Royal David's CityRequest score
    Sop. Solo, SATB, Organ (4.5')
    Published by E.C.Schirmer 7.0413
    Text: Cecil Alexander
  • Psalm 104 - O Lord, How Manifold Are Thy WorksRequest score
    Sop. solo, SATB, Brass Quintet, Percussion, Strings (optional), Organ (2.5')
  • Psalm 117 (118) - This is the Day!Request score
    Cong., Organ, SATB Solos (4')
    Text: Psalm 117(118)
    Gospel Acclamation for Easter
  • Seven Last Words in 7 movementsRequest score
    I. Father, Forgive Them
    SATB (4.25')
    Text: English and Latin
    II. Amen dico tibi
    Sop. Solo, SSAATTBB (3')
    Text: Latin
    III. Mulier, ecce filius tuus
    SATBB (4.5')
    Text: Latin
    IV. Eli, lama sabatani?
    SSAATTBB (4.25')
    Text: English and Latin
    V. I Thirst
    SATTBB (2.5')
    Text: English and Latin
    VI. Consummatum est
    SSAATTBB (2')
    Text: Latin
    VII. Father, into Thy Hands
    SSATBB (2.5')
    Text: English and Latin
  • Silent Night (Stille Nacht)Request score
    SSATTBB (3.5')
    Published by E.C Shirmer 7.0494
    Text: Traditional German w/English
  • Spirit DivineRequest score
    SATB, Organ (2.5')
  • Stabat Mater in 5 movementsRequest score
    I. Stabat Mater
    Solo Sop., SATB, 2 violas, 2'celli, oboe
    The first choral sounds are altos and tenors, a sonority prominent through the work. This initial movement, which describes the weeping mother Mary, contains a central soprano arioso with quasifugal strings.
    II. Quis Est Homo
    Solo Sop., SATB, 2 violas, 2'celli, oboe
    The text of the second movement invites us, as observers, into the scene— “Who would not weep if he saw such suffering?”—and thus begins without instruments. A lyrical middle section for soprano closes with a steady, tenuto, descending line to represent the moment of Christ’s death. The instruments, absent at the beginning, now finish alone, as if the scene is too painful for words.
    III. Eja Mater!
    Solo Sop., SATB, 2 violas, 2'celli, oboe
    In the middle movement, the prayer pleads that we may help to relieve Mary’s suffering, and thus Bern limits the scoring to chorus and strings. The opening section is repeated verbatim at the end, albeit with a different text. Once again altos and tenors predominate, trading the text back and forth, even interrupting words.
    IV. Virgo Virginem
    Solo Sop., SATB, 2 violas, 2'celli, oboe
    The fourth and fifth movements function as one unit without a break. Soprano solo receives but the barest of support from the strings. The chorus briefly interjects, and then the soprano returns to the start, embellishing the vocal line akin to a Bach da capo aria. The oboe—not heard during the previous two movements—initiates the finale with a variant of the violin melody that began the Stabat Mater. Choral chords and instrumental polyphony fuse the harmonic and melodic instincts that Bern brought to all his music. The final “Amen”, a rising cadence to D major, would befit even his most recent works.
    V. Quando Corpus Morietur
    Solo Sop., SATB, 2 violas, 2'celli, oboe
  • Te Deum in 5 movementsRequest score
    I. We Praise Thee, O God
    Bar. Solo, SSA solo (brief), SATB, Piano (4 Hands), Perc (1 - Tmp. +), Strings (Optional)
    Text: Book of Common Prayer
    II. Thou Art The King of Glory
    Bar. Solo, SATB, Piano (4 Hands), Percussion (1 - Tmp. +), Strings (Optional)
    Text: Book of Common Prayer
    III. Thou Sittest at the Right Hand of God
    SATB, Piano (4 Hands), Percussion (1 - Tmp. +), Strings (Optional)
    Text: Book of Common Prayer
    IV. O Lord, Save Thy People
    Bar. Solo, SATB, Piano (4 Hands), Percussion (1 - Tmp. +), Strings
    Text: Book of Common Prayer
    V. O Lord, Let Thy Mercy Be Upon Us
    Bar. Solo, SATB, Piano (4 Hands), Percussion (1 - Tmp. +), Strings (Optional)
    Text: Book of Common Prayer
  • There is no rose of such virtueRequest score
    SATB soli, SATB (2.5')
    Text: 15th cent. English
  • Three French Carols in 3 movementsRequest score
    I. Silly Shepherds
    SATB, Chamber Orchestra OR Piano OR Harp (4.5')
    Published by E.C. Schirmer 7.0492
    Text: Herbolsheimer
    Based on a music tune of French origin
    II. O Come, O Come Emmanuel (Veni Emmanuel)
    Sop. Solo, SATB, Harp (or Keyboard) (3.5')
    Text: O Antiphon
    Herbolsheimer assigns the chant first to a solo soprano with delicate instrumental flurries. For the last verse, he expands from a mostly unison texture to a full four voices, assigning increasing majesty to mankind’s appeal to be of “one heart and mind”.
    III. Aye! Sing we now
    SATB, Harp (or Keyboard) (3')
    Text: Herbolsheimer
    Christmas, celebratory carol
  • Three Psalmadic Choruses in 3 movementsRequest score
    I. I Am Weary With My Groaning
    Sop. Solo (brief), SATB (2')
    Text: Psalm 6
    II. Be Thou Exalted, O God
    Sop. Solo (brief), SATB (1.5')
    Text: Psalm 57
    III. Unto Thee, Lift I Up Mine Eyes
    Sop. Solo (brief), SATB (1.5')
    Text: Psalm 123