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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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A second class of tunes—which can also be said with certainty to fall under the profane—are those which are written in the style of secular songs and which, if heard without the words, would be recognized only as such. In these, as a rule, the devotional gives way to the sentimental, cheerfulness to levity and oftentimes vulgarity, while not even an attempt is made to give a serious or dignified musical expression to the sentiments embodied in the words of the hymn. Not the least objectionable feature of some of these tunes is a jingling piano accompaniment quite unsuited to the church organ.
— Preface to a Roman Catholic Hymnal (1896)

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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