Ordinary Time (August) Dan Soper Dan Soper

Listed on this page are several of my compositions, as well as Hymn arrangements and music I've typeset. Anything on this page may be freely downloaded and reproduced for performance. I'd be glad to know of any performances. Some of the compositions here haven't ever been performed (for example Composition Competition entries). If there's anything you would like to perform which is listed but without a PDF, let me know and I'll see if I can get it.



A cry in the night (SATB + Organ) (August-September 2013) file-pdf  system-info
Written for The Times Carol Composition Competition 2013
Words by Neil Thompson
Before Action (SATB + Organ) (August 2018) PDF Info
Written for the R A Vestey Trust and St Edmundsbury Cathedral Composition Competition
Blessed are all that fear the Lord (SSAATBB) (January 2005) file-pdf  system-info
Written for Part II of degree, "Free Composition"
Words: Psalm 128
Blessed be that maid Marie (SSAATTBB) (April 2012) PDF Info
Written for the Choir & Organ Composition Competition 2012. First performed by St Edmundsbury Cathedral Choir in December 2015 and recorded by them in 2017.
Words: Old English
Chants (various) (SATB) (2000-2001)  Info
Two of these chants are published in Cantica Nova 2
A flat major (March 2000) file-png
A minor (March 2000) file-png
C minor (March 2000) file-png
E flat major (March 2001) file-png
Coldness and Stone (SATB) (July 2011) PDF Info
Words by Neil Thompson
God of all creation (SAMen + Org) (March 2021) PDF Info
Written for the RSCM Music Sunday Composition Competition.
How beautiful upon the mountains (SATB) (April 1997) Info
Written for ATB on Choir Tour in Malaysia; expanded to SATB for GCSE.
Hymn Tune: Christ in Glory (December 2008) PDF Info
Written for Hid within our daily living by Neil Thompson. Never presented, nor performed.
Hymn Tune: Christmas with Christ (December 2009) PDF Info
Words by Neil Thompson.
Hymn Tune: Salvation's Song (September 2011) PDF Info
Written for RSCM Hymn Tune Composition Award 2011.
Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis (Fauxbourdons) (SSA + Organ) (December 2012) PDF Info
Written for the St Edmundsbury Singers. First performed March 2013.
Matin Responsory (SATB (+ div, + 3 S solo)) (August 2013) PDF Info
Written for Lincoln Cathedral Advent Competition 2013. With hints of the traditional Sarum Plainsong.
Now the green blade riseth (SSAATB + S + Org) (February 2003)  Info
Written for Katherine Beddus, on her 19th Birthday. Performed three times at Corpus. It's got a good tune, but the third verse and the ending needs a bit of work: there's a bit too much whole-tone/augmented chord experimentation...
Omnes amici mei (SATB) (February 2019) PDF Info
Written for the Westminster Cathedral Composition Competition
Reproaches (ATB) (March 2021) PDF Info
Written at a time when it looked like only three singers would be allowed on Good Friday. Also available: a Tablet edition with it fully written out.
Reproaches (SATB) (March 2022) PDF
Requiem Aeternam (SATBSATB) (February 2005)  Info
Simple harmonised arrangement of Mode VI, as in NEH. Performed at a few funerals at Corpus.
Saepe Expugnaverunt (SSAATTBB + Organ) (November 2004)  Info
A setting (in English) of Psalm 129. Part of a set of three, including "Blessed are all that fear the Lord". This setting is loosely based on a Plainsong Psalm tone, with a fair amount of whole-tone harmony. The Sibelius file needs tidying up before a PDF can go up here.
The First Nowell (SATB (with some divisi) + Organ) (September/October 2017) PDF  Info
Written for the Leeds Philharmonic Christmas Carol Competition (commended).
The Good Friday Passion (SSAATB + soloists) (March 2011 and 2014) PDF Info
Written for Rochester Cathedral Choir and performed there annually on Good Friday from 2011 to 2019. This setting uses the traditional plainsong with the usual chorus parts set to new music. Additionally, the part of God and parts of the Evangelist are taken by the choir. Inspiration from the Camidge chant as often used for Psalm 22 (as set for Good Friday). The original version only set chapter 19, but chapter 18 has now been prepended.
The Good Shepherd (SATB) (March 2013) PDF  Info
Winner of the Durham Cathedral Composition Competition.
Thou hast been a strength to the poor (SATB + Sax + Organ) (March 2021)  Info
Written for the Canterbury Cathedral Palimsest Composition Competition.
Veni Sancte Spiritus (SSAATB + 2 soloists) (June 2012) PDF Info
Written for St Edmundsbury Cathedral Choir, for use during the Ordination of Priests. It is based on the traditional plainsong, and is designed to be flexible in length: it was sung during the Ordination Prayer, from a distance.
Victimae Paschali Laudes (SSAA + Organ) (April 2012) PDF Info
Written for the St Edmundsbury Singers, this is based on the traditional Easter plainsong.
What does the Lord thy God require (SATB (or 2-part) + Organ) (January 2011)  Info
Written for the King James Bible Trust Composition Competition.
When the Lord comes (SSATTB) (December 2006) PDF Info
Written for the Girls' Choir at Rochester Cathedral. Was one of the four introits sung at the start of the Eucharist whilst the Advent Candle was lit. This is for Advent 3.  I reduced the number of parts in 2011.


Blues (Sop / Piano) with words by W.H. Auden (November 2003)
Fugue (Piano) (April 2004)
Passacaglia for Small Orchestra (February 2005)
Short Fanfare on Victimae Paschali Laudes (Organ) (April 2011) PDF
The Lord Lieutenant's Royal Fanfare (Organ) (May 2012)
Varietates Novem (Theme & 9 Variations) (Piano Duet) (May 2005)


Bach / Elgar Fantasia & Fugue in C minor (for smaller orchestra) (June 2004)
Beatles Blackbird (Organ) (April 2013)
Procul Harum A whiter shade of pale (Organ) (December 2012)
Saint-Saëns Danse Macabre (Organ Duet) (March 2000)
Saint-Saëns Symphony no. 3 "Organ", last movement, abridged (Organ) (August 2009) for Tom & Isabel
Stanford Kyrie in C (from Stanford settings in C, for use with the Mass in C) (SATB + Organ) (January 2007) file-pdf
Williams The Raiders March (Raiders of the Lost Ark) (Organ) (May 2010) for Annie & Chris

Hymn Arrangements / Descants / Last-verse Harmonies

Be still (SATB harmony and Organ part) (February 2011)
Beauty for Brokenness (SATB harmony and Organ part) (June 2012)
Blaenwern (Love divine) (Last-verse harmony) (May 2022) file-pdf
Camberwell (At the name of Jesus) (SATB harmony, Organ part, Last-verse harmony and short descant) (June 2009)
Caswall (Glory be to Jesus) (Last-verse harmony) (March 2017) file-pdf
Diademata (Crown him with many Crowns) (Last-verse harmony) (April 2011) file-pdf
Gather us in (Here in this place) (Organ part) (July 2011)
Gerontius (Praise to the holiest) (Last-verse harmony) (September 2011) file-pdf
God Rest you, merry Gentlemen (SSAATB version of end of Willcocks descant for unaccompanied use) (December 2003)
Hark the Herald (Trumpet and Last-verse harmony) (December 2005) file-pdf
Hereford (O thou who camest from above) (Descant / harmony) (August 2011) for Cath & Ian file-pdf
Hyfrydol (Alleluya, sing to Jesus) (Last-verse harmony) (May 2022) file-pdf
In bread we bring you lord (SATB and Organ, anthem-style) (September 2008) file-pdf
It came upon the midnight clear (SSATB version of end of Willcocks descant for unaccompanied use) (December 2003)
Lord of the years (Lord, for the years) (Descant / harmony) (October 2010) for Rochester Cathedral Girl Choristers at my last service as their director
Marching (Descant) (September 2011)
Old Yeavering (Like a mighty river flowing) (Piano & Organ duet, through-written) (October 2010)
Regents Square (Descant) (April 1997)
Salva Festa Dies (Hail thee, Festival Day) (SATB harmony for procession) (April 2010)
The Servant King (From heaven you came, helpless babe) (Organ part) (July 2011)
Zither Carol (Girls and boys) (Organ part) (December 2009)

Editions / Typesetting

Byrd In Resurrectione tua (March 2004)
de Severac Tantum Ergo (January 2009)
Farmer Lord's Prayer (September 2011) file-pdf
Giles Te Deum (March 2005)
Mozart Alleluia (April 2009) file-pdf
Plainsong Ingrediente Domino (March 2021) file-pdf
Plainsong Responses (March 2007)
Purcell M&N in B flat (July 2006) file-pdf
Purcell O God, thou art my God (July 2006) file-pdf
Purcell Remember not, Lord, our offences (October 2004)
Schubert Mass in G (no Benedictus or Credo yet) (December 2010) 
Stanford Sanctus from Communion in B flat (November 2004)
Tallis Responses (May 2009)