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Everyone's Voice

NP027-2203 | SATB | 14pp | $2.50


ALL SALES BENEFIT UKRAINIAN RELIEF EFFORTS. Based on a text by WW1-era poet Siegfried Sassoon and completed as the recent invasion of Ukraine began, this moving work is both a paean to choral singing and a tribute to the never-ending song arising from the trenches of warfare. Commissioned by the Greenville Chorale. Selected from nearly 500 entires in VOCORE's recent call for scores.

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Enfold Us

NP010-2102 | SATB | 10pp | $2.25


Composed and premiered at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, this stunning work begins with a set of slowly rising entreaties seeking guidance and assurance from an encompassing “source of the cosmos.” Lyric lines merge with deep, resonant harmonies to describe the glories and dangers of creation, and to offer refuge and rootedness in the midst of uncertain times. Commissioned by Sweden's Petri Sångare. Finalist in Voces Caelestium's 2022 call for scores.

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Caritas

NP010-1506 | SATB | 8pp | $2.10


Glassy harmonies shimmer in this evocative piece for a cappella choir. The use of the single Latin word "caritas" throughout creates a setting reminiscent of a tone poem about the overcoming and unifying power of love. Slowly moving harmonies create clusters and consonances that present both valuable instructional material for choral tone, balance, and blend as well as a stellar piece for a moving performance.

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Through the Waters

NP010-1012 | SATB/opt sop solo | 10pp | $1.85


Drawn from the oratorio “Of Rivers Within,” this simple, soaring chorale underscores the immutable promise, “I will be with you" (Isaiah 43:2-3a) and concludes with words of assurance uttered tenderly by what seems a still small voice. The stand-alone anthem can be sung by SATB choir and/or with optional soprano solo. Both versions are included. Commissioned by the Greenville Chorale.

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Sol La Fanfare

NP010-1010 | SATB/opt drum kit | 13pp | $1.95


A post-minimalist exploration of solfeggio written to celebrate the inauguration of Furman University's 11th president, Rodney (“Sol-La”) Smolla. Smooth, syncopated ostinatos and repeated cells generate a series of grooves that will leave the audience head-bobbing long after the music fades to a close. Optional drum kit.

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Missa L'Homme on the Range: Agnus Dei

NP010-1102 | SATBB or SATTB | 12pp | $1.95


A clever, stylistically accurate mash-up of the popular 15th-century “L’Homme armé” melody (in the upper voices) and the ever-popular “Home on the Range” (in the bass). Premiered by the San Francisco Choral Artists and dedicated to Renaissance scholars Charlotte Smith, F. Marian Walker and Glenn Watkins. “Its comic title aside, Mr. Kilstofte … captures the sound and spirit of 16th-century polyphony beautifully.” Allan Kozinn, The New York Times

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This Amazing Day

NP010-1009 | SATB | 6pp | $1.65


Its brevity and its expressions of thanks make this work perfect for ceremonies and formal occasions of all kinds — graduations, confirmations, installations, dedications, etc. — and to convene or close large gatherings. Commissioned to celebrate the inauguration of Rodney Smolla as Furman University's 11th president and premiered by the Furman Singers.

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Come to Him

NP009-1003 | SATB/acc | 6pp | $1.85


This work’s simple invocation (based on 1 Peter 2:4-5a) makes it suitable as a call to worship, introit, gospel procession and/or choral anthem, as well as for specific observances such as confirmation, baptism, etc. — nearly any situation in which individuals are invited to gather in community. See the 5th Sunday of Easter (Year A). Written to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Trinity Lutheran Church, Greenville, South Carolina.

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The White Album

NP010-1910 | voice/pno | 28pp | $27.95


Kilstofte's new song cycle, "The White Album," might appear to be Beatles-related (or even Didion-esque), but in reality has everything to do with the themes — love, loss, life and death — of the poems (by Americans Mark Strand, James Merrill, Linda Pastan, Erica Funkhouser and Nancy Willard) it contains, all of which make mention of the unifying color white. Commissioned by Harvard's Fromm Music Foundation and premiered by Jacquelyn Stucker and Finnegan Downie Dear at London's Royal Opera House. Also available for voice and chamber ensemble.

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Ballistic Etude 3.1

Pierrot+perc | 38pp | rental


A nonstop thriller whose plot lies at the crossroads of the Orpheus legend and the Hollywood chase scene. Action starts when our hero attempts to flee on his own terms and ends up pursued, and ultimately overtaken, by a band of underworld thugs. Cast in the form of a caccia (a 14th-century hunting genre), sound-the-alarm passages alternate with others whose melodic lines nip at each other’s heels. Premiered by Igor Dronov and Moscow's Studio for New Music and dedicated to the memory of composer William Albright. Winner of Latitude 49's 2016 Call for Scores. Also available for band or wind ensemble.

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The White Album

NP010-1612 | voice/Pierrot+perc | 56pp | rental


Kilstofte's new song cycle, "The White Album," might appear to be Beatles-related (or even Didion-esque), but in reality has everything to do with the themes — love, loss, life and death — of the poems (by Americans Mark Strand, James Merrill, Linda Pastan, Erica Funkhouser and Nancy Willard) it contains, all of which make mention of the unifying color white. Commissioned by Harvard's Fromm Music Foundation and premiered by Karol Bennett and the Houston-based new music collective, Musiqa. Also available for voice and piano.

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Inner Voices

NP010-2003a | oboe solo | 8pp | $16.95


Commissioned in memory of renowned oboist and pedagogue John Mack, the work's title hints at the way influential teachers can shape their students' internal dialogues. Cast in two movements, the first (Ricercare doloroso) employs a searching motive generated from the dates of Mack's tenure with the Cleveland Orchestra; the second (Turkey Trot) is a hilarious romp inspired by the legendary story of the dancing turkey. Premiered by Petrea Warneck at the IDRS National Conference. Texas Prescribed Music List (Grade 1).

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Inner Voices

NP010-2003b | Eb or Bb sax solo | 8pp | $16.95


Commissioned in memory of renowned oboist and pedagogue John Mack, the work's title hints at the way influential teachers can shape their students' internal dialogues. Cast in two movements, the first (Ricercare doloroso) employs a searching motive generated from the dates of Mack's tenure with the Cleveland Orchestra; the second (Turkey Trot) is a hilarious romp inspired by the legendary story of the dancing turkey.

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Sentinels

NP010-2004a | trumpet duet | 4pp | $14.95


A solemn fanfare inspired by the mensural advances of the early Renaissance and the terrifying events of 9/11. As the composer states, "The image ever-imposed before my mind's eye was that of two towering, isolated individuals — shadow figures in some tragic sense — no doubt invoked by the attacks on the World Trade Center." "An excellent short work for two trumpets. Look no further for a concert opener or fanfare … for civic type events."Luis Engelke, International Trumpet Guild Journal

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Sonata

NP037-0006a | alto sax/piano | 60pp | $33.95 (set)


Now a staple of contemporary saxophone repertoire, the four movements of Kilstofte's Sonata imply a Baroque sensibility served with a [post-]modern twist. Its infamous Recitative (featuring metronome obbligato, prepared piano, slap-tongue effects and "Rapstimme") will have your listeners bustin' a move. A tour-de-force for the advanced player. Commissioned by the Ambassador Duo and premiered at the XI World Saxophone Congress.

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You [unfolding]

NP010-1912a | cello solo | 8pp | $18.95


Written for and dedicated to the composer's wife, this deeply moving solo work depicts the gradual unfolding of personality occurring during and through their exchange of handwritten letters. Cast in expanding variations form, the piece is infused with the lyricism and polyphonic spirit of Bach's cello suites. Commissioned by Theodore Antoniou and Boston's Alea III.

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You [unfolding]

NP010-1912b | violin solo | 8pp | $18.95


Written for and dedicated to the composer's wife, this deeply moving solo work depicts the gradual unfolding of personality occurring during and through their exchange of handwritten letters. Cast in expanding variations form, the piece is infused with the lyricism and polyphonic spirit of Bach's solo sonatas and partitas. Commissioned by Theodore Antoniou and Boston's Alea III. Now available for violin solo.

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You [unfolding]

NP010-1912c | viola solo | 8pp | $18.95


Written for and dedicated to the composer's wife, this deeply moving solo work depicts the gradual unfolding of personality occurring during and through their exchange of handwritten letters. Cast in expanding variations form, the piece is infused with the lyricism and polyphonic spirit of Bach's cello suites. Commissioned by Theodore Antoniou and Boston's Alea III. Now available for viola solo.

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Recurring Dreams: Variations for Orchestra

3333/4331/timp/3perc/hp/pno/strings | 64pp | rental


Inspired by dreams of discovering ever-larger spaces in his cramped Ann Arbor apartment, this powerful work features eight REM-related variations framed by an introductory berceuse and closing slumber song. Winner of the ASCAP Foundation’s Rudolf Nissim Award and the Louisville Orchestra Composition Competition. “Kilstofte writes in an accessible but aggressive style, his Romantic-tinged harmonies undergirded by a tough, square-cut neominimalist rhythmic pulse. All I wanted was to hear it again." — Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle

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Zero to 60

3333/4331/timp/3perc/hp/pno/strings | 48pp | rental


This exciting opener has been described as "a 'Short Ride in a Fast Machine’ meets NASCAR.” Commissioned by the Greenville Symphony Orchestra to celebrate its 60th anniversary, the work also salutes the Upstate’s long association with the automobile, from moonshine runners to Michelin. A rumbling, roaring “hot mess” from start — "Flat out, with fifths of fury" — to finish. Available soon for band!

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Ballistic Etude 3.0

Wind ensemble | 60pp | rental


A nonstop thriller whose plot lies at the crossroads of the Orpheus legend and the Hollywood chase scene. Action starts when our hero attempts to flee on his own terms and ends up pursued, and ultimately overtaken, by a band of underworld thugs. Cast in the form of a caccia (a 14th-century hunting genre), sound-the-alarm passages alternate with others whose melodic lines nip at each other’s heels. Winner of Coups de Vents’ Prix Henri Selmer-Paris. Commissioned by the University of Michigan Symphony Band and dedicated to the memory of composer William Albright. Also available for chamber ensemble.

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