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Matthew  Brown

Born: 1978
Country of origin: United States of America

Californian virtuoso of a cappella choral settings

Matthew Brown was born in Southern California in 1978. He studied with Morten Lauridsen, Frank Ticheli, Donald Crockett, Frederik Lesemann, Randy Newman and Tamar Diesendruck and others at the USC Thornton School of Music where he completed his masters and doctoral studies in music composition. In 2003 he received the Hans J. Salter Endowed Music Award and in the following years won several awards at various competitions, such as the Jimmy McHugh Composition Prize, the VocalEssence Welcome Christmas! Carol Contest (2007), the VocalEssence Essentially Choral Commission (2010) as well as the C4 Composition Competition (2011).

The musical oeuvre of the American composer, who is also in great demand as a singer, pianist, arranger, conductor and lecturer, includes both chamber music and orchestral works as well as a few pieces for piano or marimbaphone solo. His compositions focus, however, on a cappella vocal music, mostly for four-part mixed choir. It is especially these works that have become very popular not only in the USA but also throughout the world. Numerous vocal ensembles, some even professional, such as VocalEssence, Young New Yorkers' Chorus, Cincinnati Boychoir, Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles, Los Angeles Chamber Singers & Cappella, Master Chorale, De Angelis Vocal Ensemble, Horizon Music Group or the Antioch Chamber Ensemble under the direction of Joshua Copeland, studied Brown's choral music gems intensively and performed the (world) premieres of these works.

The fact that the composer is equally at home with secular and sacred music shows not least in the a cappella settings of Brown which were included in the publishing programme of Schott Music in 2014. Whether medieval-mystical texts by Hildegard von Bingen, antiphons like the well-known 'O Magnum Mysterium' or 'Sitivit anima mea', love poems by the English Renaissance poet John Donne, late-Romantic verses by Lord Byron for example, or poems by the Victorian writer Francis William Bourdillon: the range of Brown's selection of texts is as varied as it is many-faceted. Sometimes it seems as if the text and music in Brown's works, some spherical, some archaic or romantically idealized and some interspersed with harsh, harmonic frictions, are interwoven to form an inseparable whole.

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  1. O Magnum Mysterium

    O Magnum Mysterium

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    Composer: Brown, Matthew
    Instrumentation: mixed choir (SATB) a cappella
    Edition: choral score, piano accompaniment for rehearsal only
    Language: Latin
    Order No.: C 56390
    €3.99  *
  2. O Ecclesia

    O Ecclesia

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    Composer: Brown, Matthew
    Instrumentation: mixed choir (SATB) a cappella
    Edition: choral score, piano accompaniment for rehearsal only
    Language: Latin
    Order No.: C 56391
    €3.99  *
  3. Daybreak

    Daybreak

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    Composer: Brown, Matthew
    Instrumentation: mixed choir (SATB) a cappella
    Edition: choral score, piano accompaniment for rehearsal only
    Language: English
    Order No.: C 56392
    €3.99  *
  4. Above

    Above

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    Composer: Brown, Matthew
    Instrumentation: mixed choir (SATB)
    Edition: score
    Language: English
    Order No.: ED 22001 Q25045
    €6.99  *
  5. Pacem

    Pacem

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    Composer: Brown, Matthew
    text writer: Brown, Matthew
    Instrumentation: mixed choir (SATB) and piano
    Edition: choral score
    Language: Latin
    Order No.: SKR 20108
    €9.99  *
  6. A Red, Red Rose

    A Red, Red Rose

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    Composer: Brown, Matthew
    Instrumentation: men's choir (TTBB) a cappella
    Edition: choral score, piano accompaniment for rehearsal only
    Language: English
    Order No.: C 57289
    €3.99  *
  7. A Red, Red Rose

    A Red, Red Rose

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    Composer: Brown, Matthew
    Instrumentation: mixed choir (SATB) a cappella
    Edition: choral score, piano accompaniment for rehearsal only
    Language: English
    Order No.: C 57288
    €3.99  *
  8. The Night has a Thousand Eyes

    The Night has a Thousand Eyes

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    Composer: Brown, Matthew
    Instrumentation: mixed choir (SATB) a cappella
    Edition: choral score, piano accompaniment for rehearsal only
    Language: English
    Order No.: C 56388
    €2.99  *
  9. She Walks in Beauty

    She Walks in Beauty

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    Composer: Brown, Matthew
    Instrumentation: mixed choir (SATB) a cappella
    Edition: choral score, piano accompaniment for rehearsal only
    Language: English
    Order No.: C 56389
    €3.99  *
  10. Sitivit anima mea

    Sitivit anima mea

    My soul has thirsted
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    Composer: Brown, Matthew
    Instrumentation: choir unisono and mixed choir or soloistssten (SSATB) a cappella
    Edition: choral score, piano accompaniment for rehearsal only
    Language: Latin
    Order No.: C 56387
    €3.99  *

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Californian virtuoso of a cappella choral settings

Matthew Brown was born in Southern California in 1978. He studied with Morten Lauridsen, Frank Ticheli, Donald Crockett, Frederik Lesemann, Randy Newman and Tamar Diesendruck and others at the USC Thornton School of Music where he completed his masters and doctoral studies in music composition. In 2003 he received the Hans J. Salter Endowed Music Award and in the following years won several awards at various competitions, such as the Jimmy McHugh Composition Prize, the VocalEssence Welcome Christmas! Carol Contest (2007), the VocalEssence Essentially Choral Commission (2010) as well as the C4 Composition Competition (2011).

The musical oeuvre of the American composer, who is also in great demand as a singer, pianist, arranger, conductor and lecturer, includes both chamber music and orchestral works as well as a few pieces for piano or marimbaphone solo. His compositions focus, however, on a cappella vocal music, mostly for four-part mixed choir. It is especially these works that have become very popular not only in the USA but also throughout the world. Numerous vocal ensembles, some even professional, such as VocalEssence, Young New Yorkers' Chorus, Cincinnati Boychoir, Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles, Los Angeles Chamber Singers & Cappella, Master Chorale, De Angelis Vocal Ensemble, Horizon Music Group or the Antioch Chamber Ensemble under the direction of Joshua Copeland, studied Brown's choral music gems intensively and performed the (world) premieres of these works.

The fact that the composer is equally at home with secular and sacred music shows not least in the a cappella settings of Brown which were included in the publishing programme of Schott Music in 2014. Whether medieval-mystical texts by Hildegard von Bingen, antiphons like the well-known 'O Magnum Mysterium' or 'Sitivit anima mea', love poems by the English Renaissance poet John Donne, late-Romantic verses by Lord Byron for example, or poems by the Victorian writer Francis William Bourdillon: the range of Brown's selection of texts is as varied as it is many-faceted. Sometimes it seems as if the text and music in Brown's works, some spherical, some archaic or romantically idealized and some interspersed with harsh, harmonic frictions, are interwoven to form an inseparable whole.

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  1. O Magnum Mysterium

    O Magnum Mysterium

    Download Edition
    Composer: Brown, Matthew
    Instrumentation: mixed choir (SATB) a cappella
    Edition: choral score, piano accompaniment for rehearsal only
    Language: Latin
    Order No.: C 56390
    €3.99  *
  2. O Ecclesia

    O Ecclesia

    Download Edition
    Composer: Brown, Matthew
    Instrumentation: mixed choir (SATB) a cappella
    Edition: choral score, piano accompaniment for rehearsal only
    Language: Latin
    Order No.: C 56391
    €3.99  *
  3. Daybreak

    Daybreak

    Download Edition
    Composer: Brown, Matthew
    Instrumentation: mixed choir (SATB) a cappella
    Edition: choral score, piano accompaniment for rehearsal only
    Language: English
    Order No.: C 56392
    €3.99  *
  4. Above

    Above

    Download Edition
    Composer: Brown, Matthew
    Instrumentation: mixed choir (SATB)
    Edition: score
    Language: English
    Order No.: ED 22001 Q25045
    €6.99  *
  5. Pacem

    Pacem

    Download Edition
    Composer: Brown, Matthew
    text writer: Brown, Matthew
    Instrumentation: mixed choir (SATB) and piano
    Edition: choral score
    Language: Latin
    Order No.: SKR 20108
    €9.99  *
  6. A Red, Red Rose

    A Red, Red Rose

    Download Edition
    Composer: Brown, Matthew
    Instrumentation: men's choir (TTBB) a cappella
    Edition: choral score, piano accompaniment for rehearsal only
    Language: English
    Order No.: C 57289
    €3.99  *
  7. A Red, Red Rose

    A Red, Red Rose

    Download Edition
    Composer: Brown, Matthew
    Instrumentation: mixed choir (SATB) a cappella
    Edition: choral score, piano accompaniment for rehearsal only
    Language: English
    Order No.: C 57288
    €3.99  *
  8. The Night has a Thousand Eyes

    The Night has a Thousand Eyes

    Download Edition
    Composer: Brown, Matthew
    Instrumentation: mixed choir (SATB) a cappella
    Edition: choral score, piano accompaniment for rehearsal only
    Language: English
    Order No.: C 56388
    €2.99  *
  9. She Walks in Beauty

    She Walks in Beauty

    Download Edition
    Composer: Brown, Matthew
    Instrumentation: mixed choir (SATB) a cappella
    Edition: choral score, piano accompaniment for rehearsal only
    Language: English
    Order No.: C 56389
    €3.99  *
  10. Sitivit anima mea

    Sitivit anima mea

    My soul has thirsted
    Download Edition
    Composer: Brown, Matthew
    Instrumentation: choir unisono and mixed choir or soloistssten (SSATB) a cappella
    Edition: choral score, piano accompaniment for rehearsal only
    Language: Latin
    Order No.: C 56387
    €3.99  *

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