Mike McFerron is professor of music and composer-in-residence at Lewis University and he is founder and co-director of Electronic Music Midwest (http://www.emmfestival.org). A past fellow of the MacDowell Colony, Ucross, June in Buffalo, and the Chamber Music Conference of the East/Composers’ Forum, honors include, among others, first prize in the Louisville Orchestra Composition Competition, first prize in the CANTUS commissioning/residency program, recipient of the 2005 CCF Abelson Vocal Music Commission, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s “First Hearing” Program. He serves on the board of the directors for the Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestra and also as the Chair of the Executive Committee for the Society of Composers, Inc.

McFerron’s music can be heard on numerous commercial CDs as well as on his website at http://www.bigcomposer.com.

Compositions

Canticle

PDF score

"Canticle is a really rich, dark piece (with the really rich, dark voice of Ashly Evans) that has a shattering crescendo—and an equally shattering decrescendo."
Michael Karmen
Asymmetry Music Magazine



In Latin, this work was composed in 2006.

Translation

    Set me as a seal upon your heart,
    as a seal opon your arm;
    For love is as strong as death,
    Ambition as harsh as hell:
    its flames are a blazing fire.
    Deep waters cannot extinguish love,
    Nor rivers sweep it away.
    If a man should give all the substance of his house for love,
    he shall despise it as nothing.


Score available at: redearthpublishing.com.

The recording above features singer, Bethany Worrell.