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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 soul is distracted from that which is sung by a chant that is employed for the purpose of giving pleasure. But if the singer chant for the sake of devotion, he pays more attention to what he says, both because he lingers more thereon, and because, as Augustine remarks (Confess. x, 33), “each affection of our spirit, according to its variety, has its own appropriate measure in the voice, and singing, by some hidden correspondence wherewith it is stirred.” The same applies to the hearers, for even if some of them understand not what is sung, yet they understand why it is sung, namely, for God's glory: and this is enough to arouse their devotion.
— St. Thomas Aquinas

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