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Ave Verum Corpus

Language: Latin. S.A.T.B. a capella. Ave Verum Corpus provides a serene and meditative atmosphere that motions through musical tensions created by

word-painting. 

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O Nome Glorioso

Language: Italian. S.S.A.A.T.T.B.B., cello or violin, and piano accompaniment. 

Text by St. Bernardino of Siena. 

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Tota Pulchra 

Language: Latin. T.T.B.B. a cappella. Tota Pulchra yearns for redemption through this mens a cappella setting of a most gracious Marian prayer.

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Pax

Language: English/ Latin. S.A.T.B. a cappella. I wrote the poetry for Pax after meditating on the imagery of nature and on the message of mercy that was delivered by Pope Francis in 2016. I drew the opening and closing dialogue from the Sign of Peace within the Communion Rite found in the Catholic Liturgy of the Eucharist, “the peace of the Lord be with you always” and “let us offer each other the sign of peace” which bookends the work.

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Luz

Language: Spanish. S.S.A.A.T.T.B.B. a cappella. I wrote the poetry to Luz as  a meditative  reflection that seeks for the light of life only to notice that it is always "there". The light does not move or go away. It is up to one to stand still and be in conversation with the light if life. Written for The Houston Cecilia Chamber Choir Bravura Concert Series at All Saints Catholic Church.

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Memorare

Language: Spanish. S.A.T.B. and piano accompaniment. Written as a through composed work, the first half is driven by the dark colors and sonorities influenced by chant. 

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Jesu Dulcis Memoria

Language: Latin. S.A.T.B. a cappella. While reading and interpreting the poem, I experienced a sense of longing for the sweetness and beauty expressed in the text. In Jesu Dulcis Memoria, I draw in the humbleness of a chant like style that is later supported through a homophonic chordal structure in the lower voices.

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Nada te Turbe

Language: Spanish. S.A.T.B. a cappella and Solo Soprano.  Nada te Turbe begins and concludes with a dissonance that evokes the beauty found in St. Teresa’s words. Set for SATB, the work includes an opportunity for solo voice which confirms that God is enough to take all fear away.

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Angele Dei

Language: Latin. S.S.A.A.T.T.B.B. a cappella.  When it came time to set the Angele Dei prayer to music, I was compelled to express a feeling that implored and asked for the protection and guidance from one’s guardian angel. The motivation behind Angele Dei was developed through the current events and violence that have occurred and continue to occur globally. 

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First Sunday in Advent Entrance Antiphon

Language:English. Unison Antiphon with S.A.T.B. verses.  Written for the Archdiocesan choir of Galveston-Houston, the entrance antiphon may be sung in unison and accompanied on organ or piano.

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O Magnum Mysterium 

Language: Latin. S.A.T.B. a cappella. O Magnum Mysterium flows through the various colors that are depicted through the prayer.

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O Magnum Mysterium

(Children's Choir)

Language: Latin. Unison. Written for children's choir, this short work will provide an opportunity for children to sing in Latin while maintaining a sense of solemnity for the Grand Mystery of the prayer.

© 2015 Gonzalo Ramos