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Choral Compositions and Arrangements by Michael L. Carroll



If you would like to engage me as a composer/arranger or performer for any occasion, please contact me via email: mcarroll_91786@yahoo.com

The MP3 files below are not based on recordings of human performers. They were generated from within Finale using the Garritan Personal Orchestra (GPO). Although the samples sounds of the GPO are vastly superior to the ordinary, monotonous synthesized MIDI sounds, there is nonetheless a computer-generated feel to these. They sound much, much better with real human performers. These files are only intended to give you an idea. You can listen to MP3 files while you follow the scores in the PDF files.

The samples below are only intended as samples. You have permission to download the files and listen to them. However, you may not turn around and sell these files or make any commercial profit off of them. If you would like to perform them, I can assist you by providing extracted parts and MP3 files -- and it won't cost you anything.
TitleMP3PDFGenreNotes
God Rest You Merry Gentlemen MP3 PDF: Piano Liturgical Two-part with main melody in bass and doubled by violin. Some other instrument arrangements included.
God Rest You Merry Gentlemen MP3 PDF: Alto Sax 1
PDF: Alto Sax 2
Liturgical Two-part with main melody in bass and doubled by violin. Some other instrument arrangements included.
God Rest You Merry Gentlemen MP3 PDF: Clarinet in Bb 1
PDF: Clarinet in Bb 2
Liturgical Two-part with main melody in bass and doubled by violin. Some other instrument arrangements included.
God Rest You Merry Gentlemen MP3 PDF: Flute
PDF: Guitar
PDF: Violin
Liturgical Two-part with main melody in bass and doubled by violin. Some other instrument arrangements included.
Holy God, We Praise Your Name -- Score MP3PDFLiturgical Four-part SATB hymn based on "Holy God, We Praise Thy Name" by Ignaz Franz. I've only included the first verse here, but I think you'll get the idea. If you are interested in having separate parts or additional verses added, please drop me a line..
Lead, Kindly Light -- Score MP3PDFLiturgical Original song based on a famous poem by John Henry Cardinal Newman. On the MP3 the violin plays the vocal part. Click on the Violin PDF file to get the lyrics and chords.

I wrote this song for Brian Carlson, our choir director at Our Lady of the Assumption in Claremont, CA, while he was in the hosptial with a serious illness. We are in the process of compiling a website in his honor here.
Lead, Kindly Light -- FluteMP3PDFLiturgicalFlute part provides descant on the refrain.
Lead, Kindly Light -- Vocal/Violin/ChordsMP3PDFLiturgicalThe violin plays the vocal part. Could be sung in octaves with male and female voices. The guitar chords assume Capo 1. A version with non-capo guitar chords in B flat is available upon request. Otherwise, a non-capo version in G is available below.
Lead, Kindly Light -- PianoMP3PDFLiturgical Spells out chords with gentle arpeggios.
Lead, Kindly Light -- Score (in G) MP3PDFLiturgical Same as above but in the in key of G major. Although the original key of Bb is most appropriate, I've found that many typical church singers have a little trouble with the high notes in the original key. So here it is transposed down a minor third.
Lead, Kindly Light -- Flute (in G) MP3PDFLiturgicalFlute part provides descant on the refrain.
Lead, Kindly Light -- Vocal/Violin/Chords (in G) MP3PDFLiturgicalThe violin plays the vocal part. Could be sung in octaves with male and female voices. No capo for the guitar (that's one of the advantages of the key of G).
Lead, Kindly Light -- Piano (in G)MP3PDFLiturgical Spells out chords with gentle arpeggios.
Lead, Kindly Light -- Score (in A) MP3PDFLiturgical This song in the key of G tends to go too low for some altos, so I raised it up to the key of A.
Lead, Kindly Light -- Flute (in A) N/APDFLiturgicalFlute part provides descant on the refrain.
Lead, Kindly Light -- Vocal/Violin/Chords (in G) N/APDFLiturgicalThe violin plays the vocal part. Could be sung in octaves with male and female voices. No capo for the guitar (that's one of the advantages of the key of A).
Lead, Kindly Light -- Piano (in A) N/A PDF Liturgical See above.
All Glory, Laud and HonorMP3PDFLiturgicalNew melody and four-part harmony for traditional lyrics. This is an SATB score with an easy piano part that doubles the bass and alto lines. It is intended to be performed a cappela. Send me an email if you are interested in obtaining parts for this. The MP3 file features flute, violin, bassoon and cello playing the S,A,T, and B parts, respectively.
Gloria Part IMP3PDFLiturgical Original work using words from first petition of the Gloria. This SATB score is instrumented in the MP3 file as flute, violin, bassoon and cello.
The original intent of this work was to present each of the five petitions of the Gloria in a separate choral work. I'm not convinced, however, that the music I wrote for the first part is upbeat and triumphant enough for a Gloria. It might be better suited for a Miserere! But the music by itself, apart from words, is pleasant enough. The second part of the Gloria is underway and I'll post an MP3 file of it here soon.

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