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Richard J. Clark is the Director of Music of the Archdiocese of Boston and the Cathedral of the Holy Cross. He is also Chapel Organist (Saint Mary’s Chapel) at Boston College. His compositions have been performed worldwide.
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“The Church, no doubt, has always kept, and wishes still to maintain everywhere, the language of her Liturgy; and, before the sad and violent changes of the sixteenth century, this eloquent and effective symbol of unity of faith and communion of the faithful was, as you know, cherished in England not less than elsewhere. But this has never been regarded by the Holy See as incompatible with the use of popular hymns in the language of each country. Such hymns, moreover, are useful to familiarize the people with the great truths of faith, and to keep alive their devotion.”
— LEO XIII, POPE (8 June 1898)

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Fearfully and Wonderfully Made • New Work for Trumpet and Organ
published 14 September 2018 by Richard J. Clark

SALM 139 has been one of my greatest sources of strength and inspiration. Asked a year ago to compose an instrumental work for trumpet and organ based upon a psalm I knew exactly which psalm would be my muse: 139 (138).

Richard Kelley, trumpet, whose lyricism can be compared to that of an oboe or clarinet, is another source of inspiration. I am deeply grateful to him. His soul and his humanity is as beautiful as is his playing.

This was recorded at St. Cecilia Church in Boston with the Smith & Gilbert organ.
Listen here to this four movement work, based on Psalm 139:

Richard Kelley, trumpet, has been a soloist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and plays with the Boston Pops. He has performed with artists such as Andrea Bocelli, Ray Charles, Steven Tyler, and James Taylor. He can be heard on a variety of recordings including the Oscar and Golden Globe-winning soundtrack to Disney’s Pocahontas and Stephen Paulus’ Grammy-nominated Concerto for Two Trumpets and Band.

“The career of trumpeter Richard Kelley is not only a testament to the versatility of his instrument, but also to the ability of one individual to excel across the broadest possible range of music.” — Brian McCreath, WCRB

If you wish to order a score of this work, click here.

Soli Deo gloria