Lord Jesus, Stay With Us

April 15th, 2012

Here’s the world premiere recording of my setting of a collect from the Book of Common Prayer, “Lord Jesus, Stay With Us.” It was performed in Bristol Chapel at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ, featuring an ensemble of various student singers.

News: The Beltones performing “The Star-Spangled Banner”‘

February 17th, 2012

The Beltones sang my arrangement of the national anthem at the women’s basketball game on February 16th, 2012. Unfortunately, they were missing several people, and an alto had to move up to soprano, but even so, the athletic director immediately asked them to sing it again next season.

“Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing”

“[Patrick Dunnevant] wasn’t afraid to do some chord substitutions and play with the texture of it while still retaining, I think, the nobility of the original hymn…” – Dave Brown, Mouth Off

Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing was arranged for the Beltones as my “senior solo” and was first performed in the ensemble’s spring concert on April 29th, 2011. It was also recorded on the group’s first recording, The Beltones, which can be listened to for free and purchased here. It was also performed by the Mills E. Godwin High School Madrigals in Henrico, Virginia.

This arrangement was reviewed and featured in the January 29th, 2012 episode of “Mouth Off,” an a cappella-related podcast. The segment begins at 18:35.

Each section of the work builds dynamically. Even in the opening section, where a single baritone sings the melody by himself, there should be a palpable amount of anticipation of what is to come. The ensemble grows and adds layers of parts and different ostinati with each verse, until the African-influenced fourth verse, when it all breaks loose into a rhythmic frenzy. Shortly afterwards, there is a three-part round on the melody:

This is a tribute to a composition teacher of mine, Deen Entsminger, who employed this in a setting of the Doxology.

Listen to the Beltones perform this arrangement:

Here are the Mills E. Godwin High School Madrigals performing the arrangement: