Music Catalog

Adóro Te Devóte

Solo Piano
By Traditional • Arranged by Peter Romero
Ensembles: 
Solo Piano
Category: 
Sacred
Ensemble Size: 
Solo Instrument
Instrumentation: 
Piano
Score Size: 
US Letter (8½" × 11" / 216mm × 279mm)

Adóro Te Devóte is an ancient Eucharistic hymn of the Catholic Church. The well-known melody was originally composed as a Gregorian chant for a Latin text written by St. Thomas Aquinas. The melody has also been used for other more contemporary texts, including For the Beauty of the Earth.

This is an instrumental piano arrangement of the chant melody. It is somewhat unusual in that it has no time signature — instead, it tries to stay very true to the unmetered Gregorian interpretation. Phrases are delimited with various shades of pauses: tick marks, half, full, and double barlines. Harmonically, however, the piece is very modern. It should be played freely, as though it were a chant, a series of pitches that sound and reverberate outside of time.

The first two (translated) verses of the hymn, though unsung in this arrangement, speak to the meaning of the piece:

Prostrate I adore Thee, Deity unseen,
Who Thy glory hidest 'neath these shadows mean;
Lo, to Thee surrendered, my whole heart is bowed,
Tranced as it beholds Thee, shrined within the cloud.

Taste, and touch, and vision, to discern Thee fail;
Faith, that comes by hearing, pierces through the veil.
I believe whate'er the Son of God hath told;
What the Truth hath spoken, that for truth I hold.

Just for fun, here's how this piece looks with my synesthesia applied:

Composition Date: 
December, 2010
Score Last Updated: 
Thursday, July 10, 2014
License: 
Copyright
Part Name Pages Price Each Copies
Adóro Te Devóte 4 $5.00

Ave María

Men's Chorus
Music by Peter Romero • Lyrics: Traditional
Ensembles: 
Men's Chorus
Category: 
Sacred
Ensemble Size: 
Large Ensemble
Instrumentation: 
Tenor
Baritone
Bass
Score Size: 
US Letter (8½" × 11" / 216mm × 279mm)
Languages: 
Latin
Duration: 
2'02"
Measures: 
46

The Ave Maria, or Hail Mary, is an ancient prayer of the Catholic Church asking the intercession of the Virgin Mary, Mother of Jesus. It can be translated as:

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.
Amen.

This setting was composed for the University of Northern Colorado's Men's Glee Club and was performed by them in October of 2002.

Composition Date: 
March, 2002
Score Last Updated: 
Monday, July 8, 2013
License: 
Copyright
Part Name Pages Price Each Copies
Ave María: TTBB Chorus 3 $2.00

Ave Regína Cælórum

Mixed Chorus
Music by Peter Romero • Lyrics: Traditional
Ensembles: 
Mixed Chorus
Category: 
Sacred
Ensemble Size: 
Large Ensemble
Instrumentation: 
Soprano
Alto
Tenor
Bass
Piano
Score Size: 
US Letter (8½" × 11" / 216mm × 279mm)
Languages: 
Latin
Duration: 
4'04"
Measures: 
75
There is more than one arrangement of this piece. Make sure you're looking at the correct one by checking the ensemble(s) above.

The Ave Regína Cælórum is an ancient Marian prayer of the Catholic Church, one of four Marian antiphons. The text can be translated as:

Hail, O Queen of Heaven enthroned.
Hail, by angels mistress owned.
Root of Jesse, Gate of Morn
Whence the world's true light was born.

Each chorus is mainly homophonic, with both choruses interweaving smoothly in simple counterpoint. The result is a lush field of 8-part harmony over a substratum of quintuplets played by the piano. The harmonic language is tonal, triadic, and major.

This version of Ave Regína Cælórum was performed by the Vittoria Ensemble of Denver, Colorado as part of their 2012 Colorado Composers Showcase.

It's interesting how this piece came to be — I began, as I often do, by composing the piano part. Afterward, it seemed à propos to add a very thick-textured, homophonic eight-voice choir, and I began looking for a text that could fit. The Ave Regína Cælórum seemed perfect — it fit rhythmically, and I love texts that honor the Blessed Virgin Mary. However, I never composed the eight-voice arrangement I'd envisioned. Instead, I created a two-part children's choir setting first (see other listing). Later, when the Vittoria Ensemble showed interest in my work, I took the existing two-part arrangement and expanded each voice into its own four-part choir, which ironically made for a more interesting piece than I had thought of initially.

Composition Date: 
January, 2012
Score Last Updated: 
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
License: 
Copyright
Part Name Pages Price Each Copies
Ave Regína Cælórum: Double SATB Chorus + Piano 13 $2.00

Ave Regína Cælórum

Treble Chorus
Music by Peter Romero • Lyrics: Traditional
Ensembles: 
Treble Chorus
Category: 
Sacred
Children's
Ensemble Size: 
Large Ensemble
Instrumentation: 
Soprano
Alto
Piano
Score Size: 
US Letter (8½" × 11" / 216mm × 279mm)
Languages: 
Latin
Duration: 
4'04"
Measures: 
75
There is more than one arrangement of this piece. Make sure you're looking at the correct one by checking the ensemble(s) above.

The Ave Regína Cælórum is an ancient Marian prayer of the Catholic Church, one of four Marian antiphons. The text can be translated as:

Hail, O Queen of Heaven enthroned.
Hail, by angels mistress owned.
Root of Jesse, Gate of Morn
Whence the world's true light was born.

This is a simplification of the double-chorus version, where each SATB choir is represented by a single melody line. The two parts weave counterpoint over a substratum of quintuplets played by the piano. The harmonic language is tonal, triadic, and major.

This piece is scored for two-part treble chorus, but it would work equally well in two-part men's chorus.

This version of Ave Regína Cælórum was performed by the Greeley Children's Chorale of Greeley, Colorado during their 2011–2012 season.

It's interesting how this piece came to be — I began, as I often do, by composing the piano part. Afterward, it seemed à propos to add a very thick-textured, homophonic eight-voice choir, and I began looking for a text that could fit. The Ave Regína Cælórum seemed perfect — it fit rhythmically, and I love texts that honor the Blessed Virgin Mary. However, I never composed the eight-voice arrangement I'd envisioned. Instead, I created this two-part children's choir setting first. Later, when the Vittoria Ensemble showed interest in my work, I took the existing two-part arrangement and expanded each voice into its own four-part choir (see other listing), which ironically made for a more interesting piece than I had thought of initially.

Composition Date: 
December, 2010
Score Last Updated: 
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
License: 
Copyright
Part Name Pages Price Each Copies
Ave Regína Cælórum: SA + Piano 11 $2.00

Believe

Treble Chorus
Music by Peter Romero • Lyrics: Samantha Slais
Ensembles: 
Treble Chorus
Category: 
Children's
Ensemble Size: 
Large Ensemble
Instrumentation: 
Soprano
Alto
Piano
Score Size: 
US Letter (8½" × 11" / 216mm × 279mm)
Languages: 
English
Duration: 
2'15"
Measures: 
39

Believe was composed in 2009 as part of a commission for Frontier Academy charter school in Greeley, Colorado. The school's music teacher worked with the English teacher to have students in 3rd through 5th grades write poetry on a number of themes. I then chose four of the best poems to set to music. The words to Believe were written by then-fourth-grader Samantha Slais.

Believe was performed by the combined middle school honor choir at the 2012 Wray Youth Choral Festival in Wray, Colorado.

Composition Date: 
December, 2009
Score Last Updated: 
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
License: 
Copyright
Part Name Pages Price Each Copies
Believe: SA + Piano 7 $2.00

Bill's Song

Solo Piano
By Peter Romero & Bill Richards
Ensembles: 
Solo Piano
Ensemble Size: 
Solo Instrument
Instrumentation: 
Piano
Score Size: 
US Letter (8½" × 11" / 216mm × 279mm)
Duration: 
2'45"
Measures: 
61
There is more than one arrangement of this piece. Make sure you're looking at the correct one by checking the ensemble(s) above.

The spring when I turned ten, my mom worked as a waitress at a retirement home close by. I used to go every night after the residents had finished dinner and change the menu board for the next day. In exchange the kitchen staff always gave me free dessert, and Mom and I would walk home together when she was done cleaning up.

There was a baby grand piano in the dining room of the retirement home that I loved to play when they'd let me. I'd never had piano lessons, but I had a keyboard at home. Mostly I played long arpeggios up and down the piano, back and forth, until someone told me to stop.

Most of the waiters and waitresses besides Mom were high school students. There was one waiter in particular, Bill Richards, who was a musician and composer. One night after the vacuuming was done, he sat down at the piano and played a piece he'd written. It was just about the most beautiful thing I'd ever heard. I was completely mesmerized. When I got home, I went straight to the keyboard and tried to remember what Bill had played. The beginning was a simple pattern of upward-leading broken chords that sounded to me like the words "open up" being spoken. The piece was also in the key of C# major, which was a new challenge for me — I'd never tried playing in such an exotic key before. Eventually, as the days and weeks went by, I developed my own version of the piece, based on what Bill had played but adapted to my own ability and with some of my own material filling the gaps where I couldn't remember Bill's chord progressions.

Summer came and Bill went away to college. I never heard him play his unnamed piece again, although I played it endlessly over and over myself. I added violin, glockenspiel, and synthesizers, composed a melody to soar over its ostinato pattern, and made several recordings of it on cassette tape. Three years later, Bill came to town to visit, and I was excited to show him what I had done with his piece. For some reason, though, we never managed to get together. As time passed, I played the piece less and less, although its simple beauty had left a mark on my musical sensibilities.

Late one night over a decade later, in a music room up at the university, I played the piece on a real piano. It had been refined over the years; seasoned; re-adapted to a more mature style, but its freshness was still there. I decided to try to track Bill down on the internet.

It was then that I discovered that, after an amazingly successful career in computer programming, Bill had tragically drowned in a boating accident. He would never know the impact his song had had.

Later, I arranged "Bill's Song" for Frontier Academy's elementary choir (see other listing for the choral arrangement). After realizing that there could be no appropriate words to fit the existing melody, I chose to use solfège syllables. The first four bars of the piano part have remained intact, a verbatim copy of Bill's original "open up" introduction from so long ago.

Bill's mother still lives in my town. I found her on the internet and brought her a recording of "Bill's Song," complete with the children's voices, one August afternoon. She recognized it right away, and showed me a picture of Bill from high school. After leaving town, he had gone on to travel the world, working odd jobs and playing music for people, before becoming a computer programmer and entrepreneur. His short life had been quite an adventure.

I hope this arrangement does justice to Bill, one of my greatest musical influences.

Composition Date: 
March, 1990
Score Last Updated: 
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
License: 
Copyright
Part Name Pages Price Each Copies
Bill's Song: Solo Piano 4 $5.00

Bill's Song

Treble Chorus
By Peter Romero & Bill Richards
Ensembles: 
Treble Chorus
Category: 
Children's
Ensemble Size: 
Large Ensemble
Instrumentation: 
Soprano
Alto
Piano
Score Size: 
US Letter (8½" × 11" / 216mm × 279mm)
Duration: 
2'45"
Measures: 
61
There is more than one arrangement of this piece. Make sure you're looking at the correct one by checking the ensemble(s) above.

The spring when I turned ten, my mom worked as a waitress at a retirement home close by. I used to go every night after the residents had finished dinner and change the menu board for the next day. In exchange the kitchen staff always gave me free dessert, and Mom and I would walk home together when she was done cleaning up.

There was a baby grand piano in the dining room of the retirement home that I loved to play when they'd let me. I'd never had piano lessons, but I had a keyboard at home. Mostly I played long arpeggios up and down the piano, back and forth, until someone told me to stop.

Most of the waiters and waitresses besides Mom were high school students. There was one waiter in particular, Bill Richards, who was a musician and composer. One night after the vacuuming was done, he sat down at the piano and played a piece he'd written. It was just about the most beautiful thing I'd ever heard. I was completely mesmerized. When I got home, I went straight to the keyboard and tried to remember what Bill had played. The beginning was a simple pattern of upward-leading broken chords that sounded to me like the words "open up" being spoken. The piece was also in the key of C# major, which was a new challenge for me — I'd never tried playing in such an exotic key before. Eventually, as the days and weeks went by, I developed my own version of the piece, based on what Bill had played but adapted to my own ability and with some of my own material filling the gaps where I couldn't remember Bill's chord progressions.

Summer came and Bill went away to college. I never heard him play his unnamed piece again, although I played it endlessly over and over myself. I added violin, glockenspiel, and synthesizers, composed a melody to soar over its ostinato pattern, and made several recordings of it on cassette tape. Three years later, Bill came to town to visit, and I was excited to show him what I had done with his piece. For some reason, though, we never managed to get together. As time passed, I played the piece less and less, although its simple beauty had left a mark on my musical sensibilities.

Late one night over a decade later, in a music room up at the university, I played the piece on a real piano. It had been refined over the years; seasoned; re-adapted to a more mature style, but its freshness was still there. I decided to try to track Bill down on the internet.

It was then that I discovered that, after an amazingly successful career in computer programming, Bill had tragically drowned in a boating accident. He would never know the impact his song had had.

Later, I arranged "Bill's Song" for Frontier Academy charter school's elementary choir (see other listing for the piano-only arrangement). After realizing that there could be no appropriate words to fit the existing melody, I chose to use solfège syllables. The first four bars of the piano part have remained intact, a verbatim copy of Bill's original "open up" introduction from so long ago.

Bill's mother still lives in my town. I found her on the internet and brought her a recording of "Bill's Song," complete with the children's voices, one August afternoon. She recognized it right away, and showed me a picture of Bill from high school. After leaving town, he had gone on to travel the world, working odd jobs and playing music for people, before becoming a computer programmer and entrepreneur. His short life had been quite an adventure.

I hope this arrangement does justice to Bill, one of my greatest musical influences.

Composition Date: 
March, 1990
Score Last Updated: 
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
License: 
Copyright
Part Name Pages Price Each Copies
Bill's Song: SA + Piano 7 $2.00

Bliss

Solo Piano
By Peter Romero
Ensembles: 
Solo Piano
Ensemble Size: 
Solo Instrument
Instrumentation: 
Piano
Score Size: 
US Letter (8½" × 11" / 216mm × 279mm)
Duration: 
2'54"
Measures: 
46

Bliss is a simple piece that was composed as a wedding present for my close friends Paul and Sara, both musicians and lovers of the arts.

Composition Date: 
June, 2007
Score Last Updated: 
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
License: 
Copyright
Part Name Pages Price Each Copies
Bliss: Solo Piano 4 $5.00

City Lights

Solo Piano
By Peter Romero
Ensembles: 
Solo Piano
Ensemble Size: 
Solo Instrument
Instrumentation: 
Piano
Score Size: 
US Letter (8½" × 11" / 216mm × 279mm)
Duration: 
1'45"
Measures: 
25

City Lights is a short piano sketch I wrote one gray winter morning in 2007 as the snow fell outside the patio doors. It reminded me of the twinkling of distant city lights on a cold evening.

Composition Date: 
January, 2007
Score Last Updated: 
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
License: 
Copyright
Part Name Pages Price Each Copies
City Lights: Solo Piano 1 $3.00

Droga Chwały (The Path of Glory)

Mixed Chorus
Music by Peter Romero • Lyrics: St. Maksymilian Maria Kolbe
Ensembles: 
Mixed Chorus
Ensemble Size: 
Large Ensemble
Instrumentation: 
Soprano
Alto
Tenor
Bass
Score Size: 
US Letter (8½" × 11" / 216mm × 279mm)
Languages: 
Polish
Duration: 
3'12"
Measures: 
69

The text to “Droga Chwały” is a quote from St. Maksymilian Maria Kolbe (1894–1941), a Polish Roman Catholic priest who was imprisoned in the Auschwitz concentration camp during World War II. When the Nazis sentenced ten men to be starved to death in an underground bunker, Kolbe volunteered to take the place of one of them. On August 14, 1941, after two weeks of starvation, he was executed by lethal injection. He was canonized in 1982 by Pope John Paul II. The English translation of the text is:

So everything is finished and suffering is at an end. The path of glory is the way of the Cross. Our Blessed Mother, She always helps us.

The harmony is rich and tonal, with all four parts divisi in two most of the time (the tenor momentarily divides into three). The piece begins in a restless minor tonality but modulates to a joyous and hopeful major key on the words “Matka Najświętsza z nami” (Our Blessed Mother).

A supplementary PDF pronunciation guide for the Polish is available separately — see below.

This piece has never been performed, so the only available audio sample is a MIDI recording in a string patch.

Composition Date: 
August, 2012
Score Last Updated: 
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
License: 
CC BY-SA
Part Name Pages Price Each Copies
Droga Chwały: SATB Chorus 8 $2.00
Droga Chwały: Printed Pronunciation Guide 1 $1.00

Happy or Sad World

Treble Chorus
Music by Peter Romero • Lyrics: Orrin Marcy
Ensembles: 
Treble Chorus
Category: 
Children's
Ensemble Size: 
Large Ensemble
Instrumentation: 
Soprano
Alto
Piano
Score Size: 
US Letter (8½" × 11" / 216mm × 279mm)
Languages: 
English
Duration: 
3'00"
Measures: 
45

Happy or Sad World was composed in 2009 as part of a commission for Frontier Academy charter school in Greeley, Colorado. The school's music teacher worked with the English teacher to have students in 3rd through 5th grades write poetry on a number of themes. I then chose four of the best poems to set to music. The words to Happy or Sad World were written by Orrin Marcy.

Happy or Sad World is a simple, melancholy song with the occasional bright splash of hope in the piano harmony. The two vocal parts act nearly as a round and have the same tessitura.

Composition Date: 
September, 2009
Score Last Updated: 
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
License: 
Copyright
Part Name Pages Price Each Copies
Happy or Sad World: SA + Piano 5 $2.00

Homecoming

Piano Quintet
By Peter Romero
Ensembles: 
Piano Quintet
Ensemble Size: 
Small Ensemble
Instrumentation: 
Piano
Violin I
Violin II
Viola
Cello
Score Size: 
US Letter (8½" × 11" / 216mm × 279mm)
Duration: 
2'30"
Measures: 
50
There is more than one arrangement of this piece. Make sure you're looking at the correct one by checking the ensemble(s) above.

"Homecoming" is a passionate cinematic piano quintet. It was written when I was experimenting with pitch-shifting violins to make them sound like violas and cellos.

It can be performed as a piano quintet (one on each string part), with string orchestra, or on solo piano (see other listing).

Please note that the piano part for the piano quintet version is different from the solo piano version.

Composition Date: 
November, 2014
Score Last Updated: 
Thursday, November 20, 2014
License: 
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Part Name Pages Price Each Copies
Homecoming: Full Score 7 $8.00
Homecoming: Cello 1 $2.00
Homecoming: Piano 3 $2.00
Homecoming: Viola 1 $2.00
Homecoming: Violin I 1 $2.00
Homecoming: Violin II 1 $2.00

Homecoming

Solo Piano
By Peter Romero
Ensembles: 
Solo Piano
Ensemble Size: 
Solo Instrument
Instrumentation: 
Piano
Score Size: 
US Letter (8½" × 11" / 216mm × 279mm)
Duration: 
2'30"
Measures: 
50
There is more than one arrangement of this piece. Make sure you're looking at the correct one by checking the ensemble(s) above.

"Homecoming" is a passionate cinematic piano quintet. It was written when I was experimenting with pitch-shifting violins to make them sound like violas and cellos.

Please note that the piano part for the piano quintet version is different from the solo piano version.

The video below is of the piano quintet version. You are currently looking at the listing for the solo piano version.

Composition Date: 
November, 2014
Score Last Updated: 
Thursday, November 20, 2014
License: 
Copyright
Part Name Pages Price Each Copies
Homecoming: Solo Piano 3 $5.00

Imagination

Treble Chorus, String Quartet
Music and lyrics by Peter Romero
Ensembles: 
Treble Chorus
String Quartet
Category: 
Children's
Ensemble Size: 
Large Ensemble
Instrumentation: 
Treble Voice
Violin I
Violin II
Viola
Cello
Piano
Score Size: 
US Letter (8½" × 11" / 216mm × 279mm)
Languages: 
English
Duration: 
2'46"
Measures: 
94

Imagination is about the joys of dreaming about a bright and happy future. It may be performed with or without the string quartet, although I highly recommend using the strings if possible.

The first few bars of the piano motive for Imagination were composed one summer night in 2010, but it was over a year before I decided to turn it into a children's choir piece for Frontier Academy charter school.

Imagination was performed by the Greeley Children's Chorale at the 2013 Sing A Mile High International Children's Choral Festival in Denver, Colorado, USA.

Please note that the audio preview does not include the string quartet.

Audio preview graciously provided by Puresound LLC (www.puresoundcolorado.com).

Composition Date: 
January, 2012
Score Last Updated: 
Monday, May 27, 2013
License: 
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Part Name Pages Price Each Copies
Imagination: Full Score 10 $3.00
Imagination: Treble Voice 2 $2.00
Imagination: Violin I 2 $2.00
Imagination: Violin II 2 $2.00
Imagination: Viola 2 $2.00
Imagination: Cello 2 $2.00

In the Rain

Treble Chorus
Music and lyrics by Peter Romero
Ensembles: 
Treble Chorus
Category: 
Children's
Ensemble Size: 
Large Ensemble
Instrumentation: 
Soprano
Alto
Piano
Score Size: 
US Letter (8½" × 11" / 216mm × 279mm)
Languages: 
English
Duration: 
3'16"
Measures: 
75

In the Rain is an exciting song about the magic of summer rainstorms. It jumps back and forth between modes, time signatures, and tempos to achieve a truly exhilarating effect. It is scored for two sopranos and alto, with an optional divisi in the alto part.

In the Rain was composed in 2011 as part of a commission for Frontier Academy charter school in Greeley, Colorado. It was performed by the Greeley Children's Chorale during their 2011–2012 season.

Composition Date: 
January, 2011
Score Last Updated: 
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
License: 
Copyright
Part Name Pages Price Each Copies
In the Rain: SSA + Piano 9 $2.00

Liam's Song

Solo Piano
By Peter Romero
Ensembles: 
Solo Piano
Ensemble Size: 
Solo Instrument
Instrumentation: 
Piano
Score Size: 
US Letter (8½" × 11" / 216mm × 279mm)
Duration: 
2'12"
Measures: 
63

Liam's Song was composed in honor of my best friend's high school graduation. When we were younger, Liam and I used to play and compose music together all the time, him on guitar or piano and me on piano or violin. We played at many events in our town, around the state, and in other states. Liam was very often the one writing the songs, getting the gigs, figuring out the logistics, and hauling the equipment. His family was very generous in helping out, too — carting us all over the place with our amplifiers and instrument cases. I owe Liam a lot... he's the brother I never had.

And yes, Liam, I'm still waiting to hear the definitive mix of the CD we recorded so long ago. :)

The audio preview of Liam's Song includes a string section. However, please note that the arrangement available for purchase is for the piano part only.

Composition Date: 
December, 1999
Score Last Updated: 
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
License: 
Copyright
Part Name Pages Price Each Copies
Liam's Song: Piano 6 $5.00

Life's Adventure

Solo Piano
By Peter Romero
Ensembles: 
Solo Piano
Ensemble Size: 
Solo Instrument
Instrumentation: 
Piano
Score Size: 
US Letter (8½" × 11" / 216mm × 279mm)
Measures: 
125

Life's Adventure is a lively and exciting piano piece. It dances along in a brisk 7/16 meter along all the black notes of F# major. A fun and challenging piece to play, it might just leave you breathless.

Though the time signature is 7/16, the eighth note is generally the pulse and many times the phrasing treats two measures as a single unit.

Composition Date: 
August, 2011
Score Last Updated: 
Thursday, July 10, 2014
License: 
Copyright
Part Name Pages Price Each Copies
Life's Adventure 7 $5.00

Lighthouse

Treble Chorus
Music by Peter Romero • Lyrics: Kris Pierce
Ensembles: 
Treble Chorus
Category: 
Children's
Ensemble Size: 
Large Ensemble
Instrumentation: 
Soprano
Alto
Piano
Score Size: 
US Letter (8½" × 11" / 216mm × 279mm)
Languages: 
English
Duration: 
2'55"
Measures: 
63
Lighthouse was the first piece I composed in collaboration with lyricist Kris Pierce.
Composition Date: 
January, 2016
Score Last Updated: 
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
License: 
Copyright
Part Name Pages Price Each Copies
Lighthouse: SA + Piano 10 $2.00

On and On

Treble Chorus
Music and lyrics by Peter Romero
Ensembles: 
Treble Chorus
Category: 
Children's
Ensemble Size: 
Large Ensemble
Instrumentation: 
Piano
Treble Voice
Score Size: 
US Letter (8½" × 11" / 216mm × 279mm)
Languages: 
English
Duration: 
3'48"
Measures: 
81
On and On is a bright, hopeful piece about overcoming the challenges of life. It's an upbeat, syncopated piece with interludes of heartfelt piano. On and On was commissioned by the Greeley Children's Chorale in honor of their 25th anniversary celebration.
Composition Date: 
July, 2014
Score Last Updated: 
Saturday, July 19, 2014
License: 
Copyright
Part Name Pages Price Each Copies
On and On: Treble Voice + Piano 7 $2.00

Sacred Heart

Solo Piano
By Peter Romero
Ensembles: 
Solo Piano
Ensemble Size: 
Solo Instrument
Instrumentation: 
Piano
Score Size: 
US Letter (8½" × 11" / 216mm × 279mm)
Duration: 
2'58"
Measures: 
72

Sacred Heart is a simple piano piece dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. It is the only piece I've ever composed that has no accidentals at all. I composed it when I was housesitting one warm spring afternoon just after I graduated from college. A breeze was blowing through the window as I sat at the family's beautiful Yamaha baby grand, and the wind chime in the window rang as I played.

Composition Date: 
May, 2006
Score Last Updated: 
Thursday, May 30, 2013
License: 
Copyright
Part Name Pages Price Each Copies
Sacred Heart: Solo Piano 4 $5.00

Salve Regína

Mixed Chorus
Music by Peter Romero • Lyrics: Traditional
Ensembles: 
Mixed Chorus
Category: 
Sacred
Ensemble Size: 
Large Ensemble
Instrumentation: 
Soprano
Alto
Tenor
Bass
Score Size: 
US Letter (8½" × 11" / 216mm × 279mm)
Languages: 
Latin
Duration: 
4'40"
Measures: 
76

The Salve Regína is an ancient Marian prayer of the Catholic Church, one of four Marian antiphons. In this piece, only the first verse is set. The text can be translated as:

Hail, holy Queen, Mother of Mercy,
our life, our sweetness and our hope.
To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve;
to thee do we send up our sighs,
mourning and weeping in this valley of tears.
Turn then, most gracious advocate,
thine eyes of mercy toward us;
and after this our exile,
show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.
Pray for us O holy Mother of God,
that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Salve Regína was the winner of the 2001 Young Colorado Composers' Competition put on by the Ars Nova Singers of Boulder, Colorado. It was also performed in 2012 by the Vittoria Ensemble of Denver, Colorado as part of their 2012 Colorado Composers Showcase.

Composition Date: 
December, 2000
Score Last Updated: 
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
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Silent Night

Solo Piano
By Franz Gruber • Arranged by Peter Romero
Ensembles: 
Solo Piano
Category: 
Sacred
Christmas
Ensemble Size: 
Solo Instrument
Instrumentation: 
Piano
Score Size: 
US Letter (8½" × 11" / 216mm × 279mm)
Duration: 
2'30"
Measures: 
64
A simple, elegant arrangement of a Christmas classic.
Composition Date: 
December, 2016
Score Last Updated: 
Wednesday, December 21, 2016
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Stockholm Suite

Solo Piano
By Peter Romero
Ensembles: 
Solo Piano
Ensemble Size: 
Solo Instrument
Instrumentation: 
Piano
Score Size: 
US Letter (8½" × 11" / 216mm × 279mm)
Duration: 
7'04"
Measures: 
168

I wrote the Stockholm Suite around Easter of 2013. It is in a more Romantic style than many of my pieces. It is named for Stockholm, Sweden, a city I have only visited once but would love to see again someday.

The suite is in three movements: I. Rubato, II. Appassionato, and III. Andante. The third movement is a standard nocturne, and this is the movement featured in the audio sample.

Watch out for the left-hand clef on the first movement! It sounds an octave lower than treble clef. I decided to use this octave clef (more commonly seen in vocal music) because putting the left hand in bass or treble clef puts most of the piece on leger lines, which looks needlessly complex.

Composition Date: 
April, 2013
Score Last Updated: 
Thursday, May 30, 2013
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Two Fingers

Solo Piano, Digital/Synthesized
By Peter Romero
Ensembles: 
Solo Piano
Digital/Synthesized
Ensemble Size: 
Solo Instrument
Instrumentation: 
Piano
String Pad
Score Size: 
US Letter (8½" × 11" / 216mm × 279mm)
Duration: 
2'10"
Measures: 
50

Ever wonder what it's like to have synesthesia?

One way to describe synesthesia is a "crossing" of senses. There's more to it, of course... but in my case, I have what they call "pitch-color" synesthesia, or "chromesthesia" — meaning I experience colors and textures when I hear musical pitches and timbres. This all happens automatically, without conscious effort and without the aid of mind-altering substances. :)

I wrote "Two Fingers" as the subject of a short film to show how my synesthesia works. In the film, each note is colored according to my own synesthesia (D natural is red, for example). Other synesthetes will say my colors are all wrong, since the experience is different for everyone.

Pitch-color synesthesia is not a simple one-dimensional experience, but a subtly shifting and shimmering image where each note's appearance is affected by its timbre and its relationship to the other notes that are sounding.

The entire piano part to this piece can be played, as the title indicates, using only two fingers... but it's much easier to play it using standard, common-sense piano fingerings.

You can watch the film below.

Composition Date: 
July, 2014
Score Last Updated: 
Thursday, July 10, 2014
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Warm Hugs

Treble Chorus
Music by Peter Romero • Lyrics: Nate Sereff
Ensembles: 
Treble Chorus
Category: 
Children's
Ensemble Size: 
Large Ensemble
Instrumentation: 
Soprano
Alto
Piano
Score Size: 
US Letter (8½" × 11" / 216mm × 279mm)
Languages: 
English
Duration: 
2'49"
Measures: 
74

Warm Hugs was composed in 2009 as part of a commission for Frontier Academy charter school in Greeley, Colorado. The school's music teacher worked with the English teacher to have students in 3rd through 5th grades write poetry on a number of themes. I then chose four of the best poems to set to music. The words to Warm Hugs were written by Nate Sereff.

Nate wrote the poem Warm Hugs about his mother's gift shop, which is also named Warm Hugs.

Warm Hugs was performed by the Greeley Children's Chorale during their 2010–2011 season.

Composition Date: 
October, 2009
Score Last Updated: 
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
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White the Color of the Water

Treble Chorus
Music and lyrics by Peter Romero
Ensembles: 
Treble Chorus
Category: 
Children's
Ensemble Size: 
Large Ensemble
Instrumentation: 
Treble Voice
Piano
Score Size: 
US Letter (8½" × 11" / 216mm × 279mm)
Languages: 
English
Duration: 
1'27"
Measures: 
56

White the Color of the Water is a short three-part piece for treble chorus. It is written in a brisk and galloping 9/8, with a Celtic or medieval feel. It was composed in 2013 as part of a commission for Frontier Academy charter school in Greeley, Colorado. It was performed by the Greeley Children's Chorale during their 2013–2014 season.

Composition Date: 
January, 2013
Score Last Updated: 
Thursday, May 30, 2013
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White the Color of the Water: SSA + Piano 6 $2.00