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Classical Music

Music for the concert hall and the stage.

Sacred/Liturgical Music

Music for worship in Catholic liturgy and for meditation and devotion.

Liturgical Publications

Writings on liturgy and liturgical music.

Classical Music

Antony & Cleopatra (2000)

Duration: 120 minutes.
Opera in three acts.
Libretto by Gene Tyburn; original play by William Shakespeare.
Scoring:
2S, 2M, 4T (1 CounterT), 5Bar, 2B; chorus; 2+picc.2+eh.2+bcl.4+cbsn.4.3.3.1.3 perc.cel.hp.strs. 

Divertimento for Winds, Percussion & Piano (2003)

Duration: 35 minutes.
Light-hearted work in four movements.
Scoring:
Flute, Oboe, Horn, Bassoon, 1 or 2 percussion and piano.

Macbeth (2008) (Prelude to Act 2) -->

Duration: 120 minutes.
Opera in three acts.
Libretto by Gene Tyburn; original play by William Shakespeare.
Scoring:
4S, 1M, 4T, 7Bar, 2B; chorus; 2+picc.2+eh.2(1=Ebcl)+bcl.2.4.3.3.1.3 perc.cel.hp.strs.

Marian Symphony (2010)

Duration: 45 minutes.
Full symphony in four movements, composed as a wedding present for my wife. 
Scoring:
2+picc.2+eh.2+bcl.2+cbn.4.3.3.1.3 perc.hp.pf.

Divertimento for Strings (2013)

Duration: 30 minutes.
Four movements; composed for the Kean Preparatory String Symphony.

The Seven Last Words of Christ (2013)

Duration: 70 minutes.
Oratorio in twelve movements.
Traditional texts from the Gospels; in English, Aramaic and Latin.
Scoring:
S, Bar, chorus; 2.2.2.2.3.0.0.0.4 perc.hp.strs.

La Risurrezione (in progress)

Duration: TBD.
Oratorio in eleven movements.
Texts from the post-Resurrection Gospel accounts, leading up to the Ascension. Italian.
Scoring:
2S, M, T, Bar, B, chorus; 2.2.2.2.3.2.2.0.3 perc.hp.strs.
Oratorio setting of dialogues from the post-Resurrection Gospel accounts, leading up to the Ascension.

Young Goodman Brown (in progress)

Musical theatre setting of the short story by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Book and lyrics by Robert Cutrofello.
Theatre orchestration.

The Thirst of Venezia (in progress)

Full length opera, with libretto by Robert Cutrofello and Mary Chiusano. Adaptation of the novel Thirst by Mary Donnarumma Sharnick. Full cast and orchestra. Three acts.

Piano Pastorales (in progress)

Reflections for solo piano.

Sacred/Liturgical Music

On This Mountain

Texts and Music by Gerard Chiusano


From ocp.org: “On This Mountain bridges the gap between good listening music and music that is liturgically worthy. United by the motif of God’s promise to reconcile all things to himself at the end of time, Gerard writes in several distinct styles for a variety of voicings. His musical and liturgical sensitivity brings the words to life. On This Mountain has music for a variety of liturgical uses, including songs for Advent and the Easter Triduum, but you’ll enjoy listening to them all year long as they open up the meaning of the scriptures.”

Songs: On This Mountain; I Will Be Your God; The Precepts of the Lord; Light of the World; To Whom Can We Go; God Is Love; We Should Glory in the Cross; If You Love Me; We Long for You, O Lord; May We See You;
Psalm 63: My Soul Is Thirsting; God’s Holy Place.

Maranatha


Texts and Music by Gerard Chiusano


From ocp.org: “It’s a dilemma pastors and pastoral musicians face every December: How can we draw the faithful into the spiritual riches of Advent at a time when the world around us is caught up in a frenzied preparation for Christmas gift-giving? Gerard Chiusano’s latest collection is a well-crafted and much-needed answer to this challenge -- and an important addition to the repertoire for Advent. Maranatha—Aramaic for “Our Lord, come!”—offers music and texts that evoke the fullness of the Advent spirit, bringing together the joyful anticipation of Christ’s birth in Bethlehem and the joyful hope with which we await his return in glory. The collection features a variety of music for the liturgy, including SATB a cappella introits, choral anthems, ballads, gospel-rock songs and psalm settings. Gerard has taken some of the most beautiful, familiar Advent hymn texts and set them to upbeat, contemporary music, giving this ancient poetry new life. Other texts have been drawn from the Scripture readings for Sundays in Advent.

Lead your assembly into the joyful expectation and stillness of Advent with Maranatha!”

Songs: Lift Up Your Heads; Comfort, Comfort, O My People; The King Shall Come When Morning Dawns;
Psalm 24: Let the Lord Enter/Salmo 23: Va a Entrar el Señor; Psalm 122: I Rejoiced; Maranatha; To You, My God; People of Zion; Rejoice in the Lord Always; Let the Clouds; A Gentle Shepherd; The Angel Gabriel; Fill Our Hearts.

Waiting for Love

Texts by Mary Hochman-Chiusano

Music by Gerard Chiusano

From ocp.org: “Brings the story of redemption to life in poetry and song
Gerard Chiusano and Mary Hochman combined their considerable gifts to create Waiting for Love, a delightful Advent/Christmas cantata for children and youth. Through poetry and song, it brings the story of redemption to life, from the creation through the Incarnation.
 

12 fun-to-sing songs for parish and school settings
 

Designed for performance in parish and school settings, the program features 12 fun-to-sing songs: eight for Advent and four for Christmas. A poetic narrative introduces each song and puts it into context, proclaiming the story of the greatest love ever known. The style of the narration, in rhyming couplets, makes it very performable for children.Music for liturgies throughout Advent and Christmas
 

Though woven into one cohesive work, the songs can also stand independently. Many are well suited for Advent lessons and carols services and Sunday liturgies throughout Advent and Christmas.Accompaniment options from a single piano to a large ensemble
 

Groups may perform the cantata using the accompaniment CD or with a variety of instrumental combinations, from a single piano to a large ensemble with rhythm section. No staging or costumes are required, but some groups may wish to create tableaux, especially for songs with Nativity themes. Children could dress as Mary, Joseph and shepherds for “Something Wonderful” and as Magi or angels in “Tell Us, Shepherds”.May be performed by inter-generational groups
 

The program is primarily for elementary-age children and youth, but inter-generational groups will also find it rewarding, and may perform it on a parish level with sung assembly participation.Musical tips and catechetical lessons for each song
 

Each song includes an introductory page with musical tips and a brief catechetical lesson. Written by Ronald L. Pihokker, director of the Catechetical Office of the Archdiocese of Newark, the lessons encourage children to take the readings and songs to heart by living out the Gospel truths they contain.Questions for reflection, catechetical notes, activities
 

Each song’s catechetical page includes the following elements: background (summary of themes); musical approach (suggestions, technical aspects, teaching the song); Scripture references; questions for reflection; notes for catechists and parents; and suggestions for related activities.Two-CD set: one with music and vocals, one with instrumental versions
 

The CD illustrates adults, youth and children singing together, with adults and youth taking solo parts and children singing the easier solos and chorus parts. Disc one of the two-CD set features music and vocals. Disc two features instrumental versions of all songs. Printable program for audience/assembly use
 

The Director’s Edition contains a printable program/worship aid for audience/assembly use. It’s designed for maximum convenience: simply copy as a two-sided document, fold and assemble. It includes blank spaces for names of performers and other custom information.Texts by one of the Church’s most promising new writers
A top-rated pre-kindergarten teacher based in New Jersey, Mary Hochman is one of the Church’s most promising new song text writers. Her previous collaborations with Gerard Chiusano are featured in Spirit & Song, Never Too Young and Breaking Bread.Waiting for Love helps both children and adults celebrate the birth of Jesus -- and await his return — with new understanding, appreciation and joy.”
 

Songs: Adam’s Apple; With God’s Love; We Are Called; Tell the World; Waiting for Love; Let Us Go Up; O Gentle Mother; Prepare a Way; What Child Is This; Something Wonderful; Tell Us, Shepherds; Glory to the Lamb.

Liturgical Publications

Liturgical Ensemble Basics

Gerard Chiusano and M.D. Ridge, editors

This book addresses, with clarity and insight, the most common issues confronting today’s liturgical ensembles. With chapters devoted to strings, woodwinds, brass, keyboards, guitars, percussion, conducting, amplification, and more, Liturgical Ensemble Basics leaves no stone unturned. It’s an indispensable guide for musicians, directors, and pastors-everyone involved in music ministry, both experienced and novice, professional and volunteer.
Contributors include well-known and highly respected experts in the field: Rev. Ronald E. Brassard; Carol Browning; Ken Canedo; Gerard Chiusano; Bobby Fisher; Dr. Dennis Fleisher; Dr. James W. Kosnik; Dr. John Pennington; Steve Petrunak; Rick Reed; M.D. Ridge; Rev. Robert J. Sandoz, OFM; and Christopher Walker. Includes essays on the “theology of ensemble” and the ministerial/liturgical role of ensembles, a wealth of musical examples, and a foreword by Jesuit Father John Foley.

Today’s Liturgy

Regular contributing columnist, on a variety of subjects relating to music in Catholic liturgy. Published by OCP.