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James W. Knox

Composer / Bend
Member since February 2021
James W. Knox is a Professor of Music at Central Oregon and also a premiere Northwest Composer. Living in England and other parts of Europe, James, has an extensive background in choral conducting and choral composition. His music has been performed locally in the United States of America, Canada, Chile, Argentina, Africa, Iceland, England, Germany and Italy. His most recent commissions was for the Children Chorus of the Aalto Opera House in Essen, Germany, Sing We Noel for Mastersingers in Central Oregon. This year’s ACDA Northwest Convention, James was featured as the Northwest Composer, and was featured as the choral composer at the prestigious TUTTI Festival held at Denison University. His compositions offer a unique style ranging from standard choral pieces to major choral works. The majority of his must is thematic, cinematic and epic. Some of his major works are Jack and his Fortune, The Elves and the Shoemaker, Asgard & Niflheim, Song of Amergin, Radicitus Missam, Blue Men of Minch and most currently The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.

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Babylonian Lullaby

SATB, ney darabuka, Arabian frame drum
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Nobody knows when the first lullaby was sung, but the oldest record of a lullaby dates back to 2000 BC. 12Etched in cuneiform script on a small clay tablet, the Babylonian lullaby depicts a baby who is questioned for disturbing the household's peace with his crying. Babylonia was a state in ancient Mesopotamia. The city of Babylon, whose ruins are located in present-day Iraq, was founded more than 4,000 years ago as a small port town on the Euphrates River. The composer, James W. Knox, uses three commonly used Iraq instruments: ney (flute), darabuka (hand drum) and Arabian frame drum (low hand drum) This haunting and beautiful choral work is a wonderful center piece for your choir.
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Kyrie from Radicimus Missam (The Radical Mass)

SATB, 2 synthesizers, strings, octobass, sound FX and synth pad
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Radicimus Missam (Radical Mass) is written for Choir - Strings - 2 Synthesizers - Sound FX - Octobass The entire choral work will be available in the spring, 2021 The piece can be performed in two ways: additional musicians playing the actual electronic and string parts or you can download the MP3 without the choral parts and perform it as a track.
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Salam (Peace)

SATB, violin, piano
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Salam means Peace in Arabic or Aramaic language. The biblical passage is from Matthew 11:28 "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." The dramatic and very uplifting piece features a violin solo and can be purchased separately. James Knox wrote the piece in honor of his father who recently passed away in late summer 2020. SATB divisi, piano and violin
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Naturae

SATB divisi, piano, bass drum
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Naturae, Reflective Choral Pieces is a major choral work with five separate movements about nature. I. Imber (rain cloud) II. Fulminare (lightning strikes) III. Lux Brumalis (wintry light) IV. Apricus (full of sunlight) V. Solis Occasum (setting of the sun) Listen to the fourth movement, Apricus provided below. To hear the other movements go to: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2e8Svv9iuMUinL07IkPfHg
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