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“The Last One” is based on the poem “The Butterfly” by Pavel Friedman.  It will be performed during the Austria and Czech Republic tour in June 2010 by the Choir of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, Washington, DC. 


As part of the tour, it will be performed at the Terezin Memorial in the Czech Republic.


"The Butterfly"

The last, the very last,

So richly, brightly, dazzlingly yellow.

Perhaps if the sun's tears would sing

against a white stone. . . .

Such, such a yellow

Is carried lightly 'way up high.

It went away I'm sure because it wished to

kiss the world good-bye.

For seven weeks I've lived in here,

Penned up inside this ghetto.

But I have found what I love here.

The dandelions call to me

And the white chestnut branches in the court.

Only I never saw another butterfly.

That butterfly was the last one.

Butterflies don't live in here,

in the ghetto.

- by Pavel Friedman

Pavel Friedmann was born in Prague on January 7, 1921. He was deported to Terezin on April 26, 1942 and later to Auschwitz, where he died on September 29, 1944.

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Copies are available by email request for $3.00 each.

The Earth is the Lord’s


“The Earth is the Lord’s” was commissioned in 2009 by Karen Florini and Neil Ericsson to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day 2010.  It is scored for SSAATTBB choir and Organ.  
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The Last One

Adoro te devote

Adoro te devote is a Eucharistic hymn traditionally attributed to Thomas Aquinas.

This is an arrangement using the original chant melody for SATTBB w/ soprano solo.

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By freely sharing this work,  Karen, Neil and I hope that many places of worship, schools and choirs can celebrate Earth Day with a joyful noise


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Over the Chaos of the Empty Waters

An Easter Introit commissioned for Easter Sunday, April 12 2009 at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, Washington, DC. 


Scored for SATB choir, organ, two trumpets, two trombones and timpani


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“Stand by Me” was commissioned in May 2008 for a commem  oration of Thurgood Marshall and in hopes to establish a liturgical feast day for the civil rights pioneer and former Supreme Court Justice.  It is a entirely new musical setting utilizing the original words of Charles A. Tindley.

It can be performed by SATB choir and piano as well as SATB choir with gospel rhythm section.


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  3. No Derivative Works — You may not alter, transform, or build upon this work.

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Stand by Me

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recorded first performance-choirs of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, Wash. DC, Feb. 28, 2010.

Sonya Sutton, Dir. of Music, Mary Shaffran soprano soloist,

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Recorded first performance by the choirs of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, Washington, DC, April 18, 2010,

Norman Scribner, Guest Conductor, Sonya Sutton, Director of Music, Organist.

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recorded first performance-choirs of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, Wash. DC, March 21, 2010.

Sonya Sutton, Dir. of Music, Mary Shaffran soprano, Karen Florini alto. Rich Turner tenor, James Shaffran bass, Cindy Gady bassoon

Adoro te devote, latens Deitas,

Quæ sub his figuris vere latitas;

Tibi se cor meum totum subjicit,

Quia te contemplans totum deficit.


Visus, tactus, gustus in te fallitur,

Sed auditu solo tuto creditur.

Credo quidquid dixit Dei Filius;

Nil hoc verbo veritátis verius.


In cruce latebat sola Deitas,

At hic latet simul et Humanitas,

Ambo tamen credens atque confitens,

Peto quod petivit latro pœnitens..



O memoriale mortis Domini!

Panis vivus, vitam præstans homini!

Præsta meæ menti de te vívere,

Et te illi semper dulce sapere.


Jesu, quem velatum nunc aspicio,

Oro, fiat illud quod tam sitio:

Ut te revelata cernens facie,

Visu sim beátus tuæ gloriæ. Amen


I devoutly adore you, O hidden God,

Truly hidden beneath these appearances.

My whole heart submits to you,

And in contemplating you,

It surrenders itself completely.


Sight, touch, taste are all deceived

In their judgment of you,

But hearing suffices firmly to believe.


I believe all that the Son of God has spoken;

There is nothing truer than this word of truth.

On the cross only the divinity was hidden,

But here the humanity is also hidden.

I believe and confess both,

And ask for what the repentant thief asked.


O memorial of our Lord's death!

Living bread that gives life to man,

Grant my soul to live on you,

And always to savor your sweetness.


Jesus, whom now I see hidden,

I ask you to fulfill what I so desire:

That on seeing you face to face,

I may be happy in seeing your glory. Amen

Prayer the Churches Banquet

Recorded first performance by the choirs of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, Washington, DC, November 7, 2010, Sonya Sutton, Director of Music.  Scored for SATB choir, trebles. piano and handbells

“Prayer the Churches Banquet” was commissioned for: George Herbert: Music and Reflections in a Service of Remembrance.  It is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Peter J Cohen.

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PRAYER the Churches banquet, Angels age,

        Gods breath in man returning to his birth,

        The soul in paraphrase, heart in pilgrimage,

The Christian plummet sounding heav’n and earth ;


Engine against th’ Almightie, sinner's towre,

        Reversed thunder, Christ-side-piercing spear,

        The six daies world-transposing in an houre,

A kinde of tune, which all things heare and fear ;


Softnesse, and peace, and joy, and love, and blisse,

        Exalted Manna, gladnesse of the best,

        Heaven in ordinarie, man well drest,

The milkie way, the bird of Paradise,


Church-bels beyond the stars heard, the souls bloud,

        The land of spices, something understood.