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COLLECTIONSongs & Music
TITLEBahá'í or Spiritual Themed Musical Works
AUTHOR 1Michael Knopf
DATE_THIS1990-2018
ABSTRACTDozens of musical scores in .pdf and .musx formats, drawn from a lifetime of original music, from a large scale oratorio to smaller choral pieces and didactic work, written by a composer and concert guitarist.
NOTES See also The Paucity of Music in Bahá'í Devotional Practice and Considerations in the Composition of Music for Bahá'í Devotional Purposes (1999).
TAGSMusic
 
CONTENT
Summary of "Baha’i or Spiritual Themed Musical Works" by Dr. Michael D. Knopf (1955-)

This work was collected with the specific purpose of making it available at the Baha’i World Centre Library, then was also shared with the Bahá'í Library Online. Most are also in the collection of the Australian Music Centre in Sydney.

This collection contains works in the following categories:

  1. Choral works with Baha’i texts or themes
  2. Other choral works on spiritual texts and themes
  3. Large choral/orchestral works with Baha’i texts or themes
  4. Instrumental and vocal works Baha’i/spiritual texts or themes
  5. Works purposed for Baha’i Community and Devotional Music Making
  6. Academic Writings that pertain to Baha’i Community and Devotional Music Making: see bahai-library.com/author/Michael+Knopf.
This collection excludes Dr. Knopf’s large instrumental output for solo instruments, chamber music, other vocal works and orchestral pieces. It does not include any of his creative output in Jazz music or other academic/creative writings.

Dr. Knopf states the following about this collection:

    My creative output has had historically three distinct sources of inspiration: spiritual themes and Bahai’ literature; nature, art and science; and musical idea, mood and practice.

    Much of my creative work from 1974 until about 2010 was often concerned with spiritual themes, often possessing Baha’i ideas or texts. I habitually found impetus for music writing from the goals and world-view of the Baha’i Faith as well as its profound mysticism and its real-world pragmatism. Concurrent was my inspiration from nature, and this included scientific knowledge. Lofty aims and the nobility of human life were thus at the forefront of how I perceived the purpose of living, and my reaction was to create music that I thought would be of value to society and the art form through the music's various emergent forms.

    From around 1991-2, I began to compose music for choir and for community singing having witnessed a dearth of live, quality approaches to devotional and music making in Baha’i community life. This resulted in a swathe of vocal and choral pieces, and some pedagogical aids to assist development.

    Over many years, I imbued universal principles into the goals I set for my creative life which led me to diversify my artistic disciplines across style and genre in music. This culminated in my doctoral study of 2011. My study, through the composition of varied new works, demonstrated and revealed my particular approaches to the blending, juxta-positioning, influencing, etc. of music choices from both cultural and historical musical practices. This became a major stream of strategy in my music-making and is now subsumed in the musical personality, to the extent that my music flows naturally from a variety of experiences and influences.

    My recent works is now mostly instrumental and mostly for my primary instrument - the classical guitar.

Click on links below to download a zipped folder, or download individual files. The extension ".musx" is MakeMusic Finale and ".pc" is Personal Composer (see defordmusic.com/transposing-using-personal-composer).

Download entire archive, knopf_music_scores.zip [41 MB], or click the links below.

1. Bahai Text or Theme Choral Works
    — download Bahai_Text_or_Theme_Choral_Works.zip [5 MB]

_Notes_1_Bahai_Text_or_Theme_Choral_Works.pdf

_Notes_1_Bahai_Text_or_Theme_Choral_Works.pages

A_Thousand_Ways_I_Tried

A_Thousand_Ways_I_Tried.musx

A_Thousand_Ways_I_Tried.pdf

Be_As_Brilliant_Tb_Typset_and_Revised

Be_As_Brilliant_as_the_Light.pdf

Blessed_Are_They_That_Hearken!_SATB_and_Soloist

Blessed_Are_They_That_Hearken.pdf

Blessed.pc

Dream_Song

Dream_Song_1998_SATB_and_2_Soloists.musx

Dream_Song_1998_SATB_and_2_Soloists.pdf

He_Is_The_All_Glorious

He_Is_The_All_Gloria.pdf

If_I_Like_Abraham_SATB_(piano)_and_soloist

If_I_Like_Abraham_(Choral)_2003_Rev_2023.musx

If_I_Like_Abraham_(Choral)_2003_Rev_2023.pdf

Incline_Your_Hearts

Incline_Your_Hearts.pdf

Intone_For_SATB_Choir

Intone_For_SATB_Choir.pdf

Kindle_The_Fire_of_Love

Kindle_The_Fire_Of_Love.pdf

Let_Thy_Soul_Glow

Let_Thy_Soul_Glow_For_SATB_Choir.pdf

Let_Us_Burn_Away

Let_Us_Burn_Away.musx

Let_Us_Burn_Away.pdf

Subuhun_Quddusun_1992-2002

Subuhun_Quddusun.musx

Subuhun_Quddusun.pdf

Subuhun_Texts.pages

Subuhun_Texts.pdf

The_World_Is_Like_A_Vapor_In_The_Desert

The_World_Is_Like_The_Vapor_In_A_Desert_For_Ssaa_Choir.pdf

World.pc

This_Handful_of_Dust">This_Handful_of_Dust

This_Handful_Of_Dust.musx

This_Handful_Of_Dust.pdf

2. Other Choral Works on Spiritual Themes
    — download Other_Choral_Works_on_Spiritual_Themes.zip [2 MB]

_Notes_2_Other_Choral_Works_on_Spiritual_Themes.pdf

_Notes_2_Other_Choral_Works_on_Spiritual_Themes.pages

Be_Silent_and_Know_SATB_Choir

Be_Silent_And_Know_Score.pdf

Be_Silent_And_Know.musx

Go_Out_in_Joy_2018_SATB

Go_Out_In_Joy_SATB_Score.pdf

Go_Out_In_Joy_SATB.musx

I_Am_with_You_and_You_with_I_3_Variations

I_Am_With_You_and_You_With_I_for_solo_voice.musx

SATB_I_Am_With_You.musx

SSA_I_Am_With_You_and_You_With_I.musx

To_Be_To_Rise_To_Burn_To_Live

To_Be_To_Rise_To_Burn_To_Live_Score.pdf

To_Be_To_Rise_To_Burn_To_Live.musx

3. Large Works Choral/Orchestral
    — download Large_Works_Choral-Orchestral.zip [35 MB]

_Notes_3_Large_Works_Choral-orchestral.pdf

_Notes_3_Large_Works_Choral-orchestral.pages

Cantillations_2010

Cantillations_SATB_and_Ensemble_2010_Full_Score.pdf

I_Dost_Thou_Imagine

Dost_Thou_Imagine_Thyself_A_Puny_Form_Score.pdf

Dost_Thou_Imagine_Thyself_Piano_Score.pdf

Dost_Thou_Imagine.mus

Dost_Thou_Parts

Dost_Thou_Imagine_Cantillations_No.1_Cello.mus

Dost_Thou_Imagine_Cantillations_No.1_Double_Bass.mus

Dost_Thou_Imagine_Cantillations_No.1_Drum_Set.mus

Dost_Thou_Imagine_Cantillations_No.1_Piano.mus

Dost_Thou_Imagine_Cantillations_No.1_Viola.mus

Dost_Thou_Imagine_Cantillations_No.1_Violin_1.mus

Dost_Thou_Imagine_Cantillations_No.1_Violin_2.mus

PDF Dost Thou parts

Dost_Thou_Imagine_Cello.pdf

Dost_Thou_Imagine_Double_Bass.pdf

Dost_Thou_Imagine_Drum_Set.pdf

Dost_Thou_Imagine_Piano.pdf

Dost_Thou_Imagine_Viola.pdf

Dost_Thou_Imagine_Violin_1.pdf

Dost_Thou_Imagine_Violin_2.pdf

II_What_Worlds_Mysterious

What_Worlds_Mysterious_Score

What_Worlds_Mysterious_Score.pdf

What_Worlds_parts

What_Worlds_Mysterious_Cello.pdf

What_Worlds_Mysterious_Double_Bass.pdf

What_Worlds_Mysterious_Drum_Set.pdf

What_Worlds_Mysterious_Score_Piano.pdf

What_Worlds_Mysterious_Viola.pdf

What_Worlds_Mysterious_Violin_1.pdf

What_Worlds_Mysterious_Violin_2.pdf

What_Worlds_Mysterious_Drum_Set.mus

What_Worlds_Mysterious_Piano.mus

What_Worlds_Mysterious_Score_Cello.mus

What_Worlds_Mysterious_Score_Double_Bass.mus

What_Worlds_Mysterious_Score_Piano.mus

What_Worlds_Mysterious_Score_Viola.mus

What_Worlds_Mysterious_Score_Violin_1.mus

What_Worlds_Mysterious_Score_Violin_2.mus

III_Like_This_scores

Like_This_Acapella.mus

Like_This_parts

Like_This_Cello.mus

Like_This_Double_Bass.mus

Like_This_Drum_Set.mus

Like_This_Hand_Drums.mus

Like_This_Piano.mus

Like_This_Viola.mus

Like_This_Violin_1.mus

Like_This_Violin_2.mus

PDF_Like_This_parts

Like_This_Cello.pdf

Like_This_Double_Bass.pdf

Like_This_Drum_Set.pdf

Like_This_Hand_Drums.pdf

Like_This_Piano.pdf

Like_This_Viola.pdf

Like_This_Violin_1.pdf

Like_This_Violin_2.pdf

Like_This.mus

Like_This.pdf

Mountain_of_God_1999-2000

mountain-of-god_1.mus

mountain-of-god_3.mus

mountain-of-god_5.mus

mountain-of-god_6.mus

mountain-of-god_7.mus

mountain-of-god_8.mus

mountain-of-god_9_2004.mus

mountain-of-god_9.mus

Mountain-of-God_PDF_vocal_score_and_parts

mountain-of-god_1_and_2_Vocal.pdf

mountain-of-god_1_and_2.pdf

mountain-of-god_3_Vocal.pdf

mountain-of-god_3.pdf

mountain-of-god_4_Haste_Thee_O_Carmel.pdf

mountain-of-god_4_Vocal.pdf

mountain-of-god_5_Vocal.pdf

mountain-of-god_5.pdf

mountain-of-god_6_Vocal.pdf

mountain-of-god_6.pdf

mountain-of-god_8_Vocal.pdf

mountain-of-god_8.pdf

mountain-of-god_9_Vocal.pdf

mountain-of-god_9.pdf

mountain-of-god7_Vocal.pdf

mountain-of-god7.pdf

The_Mountain_Of_God_Parts.pdf

Sar_Galu_1999

Sar_Galu_For_Double_Choir_and_Tenor_Soloist.musx

Sar_Galu.pdf

Sar_Glau.mxl

The_Turning_Point_Cantata

I_Curse_Of_War_and_II_Look_Down_Fair_Moon_Full_Score.pdf

The_Turning_Point_Cantata_For_Multicultural_Choir.pdf

Turning_Point_Personal_Composer_score_files

Cow.pc

Cowrev.pc

Ldfm.pc

Lfdmrev.pc

Manpc.pc [file corrupted]

Pop.pc

Pop2.pc

Pop3.pc

S_and_d.pc

S_and_d2.pc

T.pc

Tpacap.pc

Tpc.pc

Tpv1.pc

4. Instrumental/Vocal Works on Spiritual or Bahai Themes
    — download Instrumental-Vocal_Works_on_Spiritual_or_Bahai_Themes.zip [2 MB]

_Notes_4_Instrumental-vocal_Works_on_Spiritual_or_Bahai_Themes.pdf

_Notes_4_Instrumental-vocal_Works_on_Spiritual_or_Bahai_Themes.pages

3_Songs_from_the_Hidden_words_Voice_and_Guitar_1993

3_Songs_From_The_Hidden_Words_Vo_and_Gtr.pdf

Monody_For_A_Lost_Friend_(In_Memoriam_Ehsan_Mehdizdeh)

Monody_For_A_Lost_Friend.pdf

The_Healing_Walk

The_Healing_Walk.pdf

5. Bahá'í Community and Devotional Music Making
    — download Bahai_Community_and_Devotional_Music_Making.zip [5 MB]

_Notes_5_Bahai_Community_and_Devotional_Music_Making.pdf

_Notes_5_Bahai_Community_and_Devotional_Music_Making.pages

19_Devotional_Songs_For_Communal_Singing_1997

As_Ye_Have_Faith.musx

As_Ye_Have_Faith.pdf

God_Grant.musx

God_Grant.pdf

God_Is_Sufficient.musx

God_Is_Sufficient.pdf

God_Is_The_All_Glorious.musx

God_Is_The_All_Glorious.pdf

Great_Is_Thy_Blessedness.musx

Great_Is_Thy_Blessedness.pdf

Here_Am_I.musx

Here_Am_I.pdf

If_I_Like_Abraham.musx

If_I_Like_Abraham.pdf

In_The_Name_Of_Thy_Lord.musx

In_The_Name_Of_Thy_Lord.pdf

Is_There_Any_Remover.musx

Is_There_Any_Remover.pdf

O_Friends.musx

O_Friends.pdf

O_God_My_God.pdf

O_My_God_O_My_God.musx

O_Son_Of_Being.musx

O_Son_Of_Being.pdf

Rejoice.musx

Rejoice.pdf

Subuhun.musx

Subuhun.pdf

The_Earth_Is_But_One_Country.musx

The_Earth_Is_But_One_Country.pdf

This_Handful_Of_Dust.musx

This_Handful_Of_Dust.pdf

This_Is_The_Day.musx

This_Is_The_Day.pdf

Unless_Ye_Must.musx

Unless_Ye_Must.pdf

Verily_We_Are_Gods.musx

Verily_We_Are_Gods.pdf

Zanjan_Invocations.pdf

Zanjan.musx

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