Justorum Animae

Michael Cooney/ November 25, 2015/ Composition/ 0 comments

My latest composition, Justorum Animae, was used as a meditation for adoration of the Blessed Sacrament during solemn vespers. The text is meant as the offertory antiphon for the feast of All Saints – but you will find it familiar – as it is often used as the first reading for funerals. Justorum animae in manu Dei sunt, et non

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Timeless Music: Chant as a Medium for Catholicity

Michael Cooney/ May 28, 2013/ Chant/ 0 comments

Chant as a Medium for Catholicity Metanoia : a transformative change of heart; especially : a spiritual conversion I have recently come to embrace a broadening spiritual awareness and appreciation for the rich musical heritage of the Catholic Church- namely, sacred chant. The impetus of this awakening was the realization that my knowledge of ‘classical’ music history does not honestly

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A Reflection on Lourdes

Michael Cooney/ July 1, 2012/ Composition, Lourdes/ 0 comments

The world premiere of my Ave Maria in Lourdes, France – the Grotto. As a composer, I have learned that there are good days and bad days as it relates to “feeling the creative” and hearing the music. Indeed, most days I sit with pencil in hand and realize that today is not the day for that great piece of

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