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This calm and poignant setting of the “Be Still” text from the Psalms is for unaccompanied SATB choir. “Be still and know that I am God.” It is suitable for any worship or concert setting when a brief, meditative piece is required.
hear “Be Still” here: https://soundcloud.com/douglas-beck-789833605/be-still
printed music is available: http://www.sheetmusicplus.com/title/be-still-digital-sheet-music/20411357
“Bread of the World”
Douglas Beck’s musical setting of Reginald Heber’s text is beautifully set for SATB choir and organ accompaniment. It requires disciplined breath support and a few very capable treble choristers and/or first sopranos. It is a luminous setting that highlights the mysteries of the Eucharistic feast. The anthem is suitable for intermediate to advanced church or cathedral choirs and is suitable for any service that includes Holy Communion.
printed music is available: http://www.sheetmusicplus.com/title/bread-of-the-world-digital-sheet-music/20411363
Brianna’s Dream is an original piano solo composed in a contemporary style with hints of the French composer Erik Satie. The piece was inspired by a six-month old baby in the composer’s extended family and received it’s first performance at her naming ceremony in September, 2015. The lush harmonies are loosely based on the letters of the child’s name, creating an ostinato pattern. The elegant melody and impressionistic musical gestures are reminiscent of a young child’s early, ballet-like dreams.
solo piano recording: https://soundcloud.com/douglas-beck-789833605/briannas-dream
sheet music available: http://www.sheetmusicplus.com/title/brianna-s-dream-digital-sheet-music/20154535
Cecilia’s Tune was composed on St. Cecilia’s Day, November 22, 2014 when on retreat at Julian House, monastery of the Order of Julian in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Cecilia’s Tune, is reminiscent of the days when the harp was the centerpiece of the household. As folks gathered around the fire at night, they played music and told stories. This piece fits right in with such a gathering, either at home or in public.
Celtic harp solo recording https://soundcloud.com/douglas-beck-789833605/ceciliastunedouglas-a-beck
sheet music available: in The Folk Harp, Fall 2017, Issue no. 176, pages 44-45 or http://www.sheetmusicplus.com/title/cecilia-s-tune-digital-sheet-music/20411367
This setting of the early Christian “Kyrie” prayer, Kyrie eleison, is as comtempletive and prayerful as the ancient Greek text itself. “Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.” It is equally suitable for any quiet worship service, quiet moment in a concert setting or quiet moment at home. The beautiful, mantra-like accompaniment flows particularly well when played on the harp, keyboard or guitar.
available in print: http://www.sheetmusicplus.com/title/kyrie-eleison-digital-sheet-music/20411345
“Psalm 23: The Lord is My Shepherd”
This setting of Psalm 23 is quite flexible. It may be sung by full choir, unison choir or a soloist. There is an optional refrain for the congregation. The sheet music also includes a printable page for inclusion in the service leaflet.
available in print: http://www.sheetmusicplus.com/title/psalm-23-digital-sheet-music/20411347
“The Rainy Road from Bangor”
solo piano version, listen here: https://soundcloud.com/douglas-beck-789833605/the-rainy-road-from-bangor-piano-version
Douglas Beck’s 2-part setting of “Silent Night” is a refreshing setting of this well loved Christmas Carol. With a soothing piano accompaniment and flute obligato, Beck’s original melody is as memorable as the original Stille Nacht of Joseph Mohr. Listeners will delight in hearing Mohr’s tune played by the flute and sung as a Pt. 1 descant on the last verse. This flexible setting is appropriate for vocal duet, children’s choir, women’s ensemble or mixed choir.
sheet music is available : http://www.sheetmusicplus.com/title/silent-night-digital-sheet-music/19976908
The Contemplative Project is an engaging, interactive program available for your church or group in a spiritual retreat or liturgical worship format.
A combination of scripture, music and stories based on the season of the year or specific them come from the long past to the current day. Selections may include original music by Douglas alongside music from the ages including Hildegard von Bingen or Sir John Tavener alongside Celtic Christian and North American Folk tunes.
musician for hire
Douglas is available as a solo and chamber musician, choral conductor, church musician and accompanist for performances from formal concerts and recitals to public gatherings including service music and wedding music as a vocalist and/or playing celtic/folk harp, piano, harpsichord and/or organ in a variety of styles.
Rates vary in consideration of event type, time investment and location
lessons and coaching
Douglas is currently studying in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He remains available for private music consultation, lessons and coaching locally or via Skype or FaceTime. Inquiries are welcome regarding regular or occasional sessions.