Piano Transcription Series
An emerging series of piano transcriptions of works by James Lavino.
The first three transcriptions are available below.
We Live Today
for choir (SSAA), brass quintet, piano and bass drum
text by Robert F. Kennedy
duration: five-and-a-half minutes
Commissioned by the Philadelphia Boys Choir and Chorale to celebrate their 50th anniversary. First performance: 24 June 2018 at the Kimmel Center, Philadelphia, conducted by Jeffrey Smith
We live today in an era of challenge. This is a time of uncertainty and peril; it is also a time of great opportunity. Every generation inherits a world it never made; and, as it does so, it becomes the trustee of that world for those who come after. In due course, each generation makes its own accounting to its children.
for unaccompanied choir
(SATB with divisi)
Text: Psalm 97:11
“Light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart.”
duration: three-and-a-half minutes
Commissioned by the Ramsey Singers to celebrate their 30th anniversary, and first performed by them at Winchester Cathedral, UK, on 26 August 2017, conducted by Mark Fenton
for unaccompanied choir (SSAATTBB)
text by Robin Robertson (b.1955)
duration: 5 minutes
written for Donald Nally and The Crossing, and first performed by them
on 25 August 2015
Beati Quorum Via
anthem/introit for unaccompanied choir (SSAATTBB)
text: Psalm 119:1
duration: 3 minutes
Commissioned as part of the Merton Choirbook, which celebrates the 750th anniversary of the founding of Merton College, Oxford.
First performed by the Choir of Merton College, Oxford, conducted by Benjamin Nicholas, on 21 October 2012.
Appears on the album
MERTON COLLEGE AT 750
Published by BOOSEY & HAWKES
For 16-part choir (4xSATB), soprano solo and bass drum;
For unaccompanied 40-part choir (8xSSATB)
Text adapted by James Lavino from the book of Ezekiel (NRSV)
Duration: 12 minutes
Commissioned by Exmoor Singers of London
First performed by the Tallis Festival Choir, conducted by James Jarvis, on 7 February 2010, at Union Chapel, Islington, London
16-part version performed by the BBC Symphony Chorus at an open rehearsal on 29 May 2010.