Jack McKown

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Choral Composition: The Holy Family Triptych

  UTSA Concert Choir Dress Rehearsal

This is a Sacred SATB Choral arrangement in three movements: A Pater Omnipotens, Ave Maria, and Agnus Dei. So, each part is dedicated to one member of the “Holy Family.” (i.e. God, the Virgin Mary, and Jesus). So, have a listen, and let me know what you think in the comments below.



The first movement begins the piece with a baritone chant, a newly written text which flows into a quasi-aleatoric section for the whole choir.

“Pater Omnipotens”

(the all-powerful Father) runs at ~2:30.

“Ave Maria”

(Hail, Mary) The centerpiece of this choral work, the “Ave Maria” is a setting of the traditional Latin text from the Catholic liturgy, that I have updated with 20th century harmonies. The melody in this piece will stick with you, for sure. Run time for this movement is ~3:15.

“Agnus Dei”

Finally, the last piece is the “Agnus Dei” (lamb of God). This is a brief yet poignant bow to Jesus. Run time is ~1:30.

Overall, this is ~7 minutes to perform. But, it will definitely add something special to any concert!

Pater Omnipotens

Factorem Caeli et terrae, Pater, es potens, omnipotentem es. Patrem omnipotentem, factorem caeli et terre - visibilium, et invisibilium, omnia facta sunt. deum de deo, lumen de lumenqu - Deum, unum caeli omnipotens terrae unum.

All-powerful Father

Maker of the skies and the earth, Father, you are powerful, you are all-powerful. Allpowerful father, maker of heaven and earth, of all things seen and unseeable, all was made by you. God from god. Light from light.
God, earth, skies, and all power are one

Ave Maria

Ave Maria, gratia plena Dominus tecum. Benedicta tu, In mulieribus. Et benedictus, et benedictus fructus ventris, tui, Jesus. Mater Dei, ora pro nobis pecatoribus. Nunc, et in hora mortis nostrae. Amen

Hail Mary

Hail Mary, full of grace,
the Lord is with you.
Blessed are you among the many, and blessed is the fruit of your loin, Jesus,
Mother of God, pray for us, our sins,
now and at our deaths.

Agnus Dei

Agnus Dei, qui tolis peccata mundi, dona eis requiem

Lamb of God

Lamb of god, who takes away the sins of the world, give us our peace.

Also, if you enjoy choral pieces, you may want to check out this arrangement of the US National Anthem (The Star Spangled Banner) for men’s chorus.

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