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Robert Farrell

Robert Farrell came to sacred music early. His mother, who had been certified by Rev. Carlo Rossini in the 1930s, was organist at Saint Kieran Church in Pittsburgh. This is a position he would eventually take over, working first as director of the boys' choir, then assistant organist, organist and choir director. He attended Carnegie Mellon University, studying composition with Nikolai Lopatnikoff. He graduated in 1968 with degrees in both Piano Performance and Music Education.

For 30 years he was employed by the East Allegheny School District, where he taught music to children from age 5 to 18. The majority of his time was spent as Choral Director for the Senior High School. 

Robert has served at the following churches: Saint Kieran Church in Pittsburgh (as Organist and Choir Director), Saint Robert Bellarmine Church in East McKeesport PA (as Organist and Choir Director), Saint Patrick Church in East Brady PA (as Organist), and at Saint John Lutheran Church in Kittanning PA (as Senior Choir Director and Composer-In-Residence). Currently he is serving as Composer-in-Residence at St. Paul Cathedral in Pittsburgh.

"This cathedral is special to me," he writes. "While in college I had the honor to sing the Duruflé Requiem in the loft with Madame Duruflé performing at the Beckerath organ. It was her husband's glorious style of mixing modern harmonies with Gregorian chant melodies that inspired my efforts over the years."

 

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Octavo

 
A Babe Is Born
 

 A Babe Is Born 
Composer: Robert Farrell 

Voicing: SATB 
Season: Christmas  Released: January 2013  Difficulty: Easy
Sample Sound File Listen
   Using a 15th century English text, Robert Farrell has given us a new Christmas carol. There is a buoyant, British air about the tune and it is written with a simplicity that will win the hearts of every church choir.
 

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  JR0097 - SATB  [buy now]
$2.10

 
Time
 

 Time 
Composer: D. Farrell Smith 

Voicing: 2-Part  Released: January 2013  Difficulty: Easy Medium
Sample Sound File Listen
   This piece sounds exactly like its title: time. This wonderful children?s song tells how time marches on and you can feel it pacing steadily forward with a dynamic piano part (the 4-hand one, available separately, P9068, is even more fun). Children will enjoy singing this selection and it will be a favorite at any school concert.
 

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  P1451 - 2-Part  [buy now]
$2.10
  P1451D - 2-Part  [buy now]
$2.10
  P9068 - 4 Hand Pno Part  [buy now]
$20.00

 
Time
 

 Time 
Composer: D. Farrell Smith 

Voicing: 2-Part  Released: January 2013  Difficulty: Easy Medium
Sample Sound File Listen
   This piece sounds exactly like its title: time. This wonderful children?s song tells how time marches on and you can feel it pacing steadily forward with a dynamic piano part (the 4-hand one, available separately, P9068, is even more fun). Children will enjoy singing this selection and it will be a favorite at any school concert.
 

PDF 2x2 See the Music

  P1451D - 2-Part  [buy now]
$2.10

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