Choral Music

SATB accompanied

Behold, He Cometh (The Bible) baritone solo, SATB and organ, 1970

Remember These Things (Isaiah 44:21-23) SATB and organ, 1971 - play

Give Ear to My Prayer (Psalm 55:1-8; 22:1-11, 15) soprano, SATB and organ, 1973 - play

The Lord's Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13) SATB and organ, 1973 - play

Bow Down Thine Ear, O Lord (Psalm 86) SATB and organ, 1976 - play

Lord, We Praise Thee (Peter Mathews), introit for SATB and organ, 1977

For Us a Child Is Born (Isaiah 9:6) SATB and organ, 1977

This Is the Day (The Bible and Shelley's "Ode to the West Wind") mezzo-soprano, SATB and organ, 1978 - play

Alleluia! Christ Our Passover (BCP) SATB and organ, 1978

Go Ye Into All the World (The Bible) SATB and organ, 1978

I Love the Lord (Psalm 116) SATB and organ, 1979 - play

Psalm 148, SATB and organ, 1981

At the Round Earth's Imagined Corners (John Donne) SATB and piano, 1982 - play

Here Am I; Send Me (Isaiah 6:1-8) SATB and organ, 1982

O Love Divine (Charles Wesley) SATB and organ, 1987 (Pub. MorningStar, 1991) - play

Missa Brevis, SATB and organ, 1988 (Pub. Southern Music Co., 1989) - play

Love Divine, All Love's Excelling (Charles Wesley) SATB and organ, 1988 (Pub. MorningStar, 1990) - play

The Lord Reigneth (Psalm 99) SATB and organ, 1988 (Pub. Lorenz Corp., Sacred Music Press, 2018) - play

Out of the Depths I Cry Unto Thee (Psalm 130, adaptation of 1973 song), SATB and organ, 1990

Communion Service, (BCP, Rite II) SATB and organ, 1990 (Pub. Southern Music Co., 1992)

  1. Glory to God in the Highest - play
  2. Holy, Holy, Holy - play

Magnificat and Nunc dimittis (BCP, Rite I) SATB and organ, 1992 (Pub. Southern Music Co., 1992) - play

Walk in Faithfulness (Psalm 26) SATB and keyboard, 1994 (Pub. MorningStar, 1995) - play

The Spirit of the Lord Is Upon Me (Luke 4:18-19; Isaiah 61:2b-3) SATB and organ, 1994 - play

Lord, You Have Been Our Refuge (Psalm 90) SATB and organ, 1995 - play

Creator of Creation (St. Patrick) SATB and piano, 1996 - play

I Will Greatly Rejoice in the Lord (Isaiah 61:1-2, 6, 10) SATB and organ, 1997 - play

Deck Thyself, My Soul, With Gladness (Johann Franck; tr. Catherine Winkworth) SATB and organ, 1998 (Pub. MorningStar, 2001) - play

Take My Life, and Let It Be (F. R. Havergal) SATB and organ, 2000 - play

O Splendor of God's Glory Bright (Ambrose of Milan; tr. R. S. Bridges) SATB and organ, 2000

O magnum mysterium, SATB and organ, 2001 (Pub. MorningStar, 2004)

God Is Our Refuge and Strength (Psalm 46) SATB and organ, 2001 - play

Three Anglican Chants:

  1. Sing with Joy to God Our Strength (Psalm 81:1-10) Anglican chant, 1991 - play
  2. To You, O Lord, I Lift Up My Soul (Psalm 25:1-8, 11-12, 19-20) Anglican chant, 1994 - play
  3. The Lord Is My Strength and My Song (Psalm 118:14-29) Anglican chant, 2002

I Will Bless the Lord (Psalm 16:7-11) SATB and organ, 2002 (Pub. MorningStar, 2004)

Psalm 91, SATB and organ, 2004 - play

A Litany of Reconciliation (Provost Howard, Coventry Cathedral) SATB and organ, 2005

There Is a Fountain (William Cowper) SATB and organ, 2005 - play

Ubi caritas, SATB and organ, 2011 (Pub. MorningStar, 2012) - play

The Best of Rooms (Robert Herrick) SATB and organ, 2012 (Pub. MorningStar, 2016) - play

Lamb of God (Book of Common Prayer [1979] Rite II) SATB and organ, 2015

What Sweeter Music (Robert Herrick) SATB and organ, 2018

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Christus factus est

SATB unaccompanied

Call to Prayer (Psalm 5:1-2) with organ introduction, 1965

Amen, 1967 - play

Behold, What Manner of Love (1 John 3:1-3), 1972 - play

Thou Wilt Keep Him in Perfect Peace (Isaiah 26:3), 1972

Mon coeur est prêt (Psalm 57:8-12), 1981 - play

The Song of St. Cecilia (Cantantibus organis) SSAATTBB (or SATB and organ), 1981 - play

Three French Carols, 1982 (Pub. Neil A. Kjos, 1985)

  1. Dans les ombres de la nuit (Anonymous) - play
  2. Entre le boeuf et l'âne gris (Traditional) - play
  3. Chantez Noël (Claude Bernard) - play

Two Communion Hymns (Pub. MorningStar, 1992)

  1. Until He Come (George Rawson), 1982
  2. Bread of Heaven (Josiah Conder), 1983

Walk in the Light of the Lord (Isaiah 2: 3, 5) fanfare or introit, 1983 (Pub. MorningStar, 1993) - play

O sacrum convivium!, 1985 (Pub. Southern Music Co., 1989) - play

Christus factus est, 1993 (Pub. Southern Music Co., 1994)

Alleluia, 1994 - play

I Sat Down Under His Shadow (Song of Solomon 2:3b-4), 1994 - play

O vos omnes (Lamentations 1:12), 1994 - play

O Sing to the Lord a New Song (Psalm 98) SATB double chorus, 1994 - play

Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem (Psalm 122:6-7), 1995 - play

Ubi caritas, 1995

Ave Maria, ATTBB, 1996 - play

A Prayer (Thomas Dekker), 1996 - play

Haec dies (Psalm 118:24), 1999

Evening Prayer (Preces and Responses, BCP, Rite I), 2000

Carol (Arr. from "Five Bagatelles for Clarinet and Piano" by Gerald Finzi) SSATB wordless chorus, 2001 (© by Boosey & Hawkes, London) - play

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Chapelle St-François, angel musician on left

SATB with 1 or more instruments

Aprilliad (Sidney Lanier) soprano, tenor, SATB and orchestra, 1965

Fantasia on "O Come All Ye Faithful" (J. F. Wade; tr. Frederick Oakeley) SATB and 2 pianos, 1966 - play

Bless the Lord, O My Soul (Psalm 104) 3 trumpets, 2 trombones, timpani, SATB and organ, 1974 - play

Go Ye Into All the World (The Bible) horn, 3 trumpets, 2 trombones, tuba and SATB, 1978

A Song to the Lamb (Revelation 4:11; 5:9-10, 13) trumpet, SATB and organ, 1979 - play

Psalm 150 for 2 oboes, strings, SATB and organ, 1979 - play

The Prayer of Jonah (Jonah 2:2-9) harp, SATB and organ, 1980 - play

Come Down, O Love Divine (Bianco da Siena; tr. R. F. Littledale) 2 trumpets, 2 trombones, baritone solo, SATB and organ, 1982 - play

I Will Exalt You (Psalm 145) trumpet, SATB and organ, 1986 (Pub. MorningStar, 1991) - play

Lamentationes (Lamentations of Jeremiah) cello, SATB and strings (6 mvts.), 1987

The Lord Is My Light (Psalm 27) flute, SATB and organ, 1991 - play

Song of the Three Young Men (Benedictus es, Domine) horn, 2 trumpets, 2 trombones, SATB and organ, 1993 - play

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Jubilate Deo

Unison, Two and Three-part Choir

The Angels Sing (Christina Rossetti) SA and piano, 1973

Shepherds All (Text and melody by Georgiana King) harmonized for SA and harpsichord, 1978

Birds of Paradise (Christina Rossetti) SA and piano, 1979 - play

Hear Me When I Call (Psalm 4) SAB and organ, 1983 (Pub. Voice of the Rockies, 1998)

Blest Be the King (F. J. Pagura; tr. F. Pratt Green) unison voices, optional flute and keyboard, 1983 (Pub. MorningStar, 1994)

Enseigne-moi Yaweh (Psalm 86:11-12) SA and keyboard, 1986 (Pub. Alliance Music Publications, 1997) - play

We Praise Thee, O God (Abbreviated Te Deum) unison voices and organ, 1987 (Pub. Southern Music Co., 1992) - play

Arise, Shine (Isaiah 60:1-3, 11a, 14c, 18-19) SS and organ, 1989

Evening Service, (BCP, Rite II) SS and organ, 1990

  1. Song of Mary
  2. Song of Simeon

Jubilate Deo (Psalm 100) SA and piano, 1994 (Pub. Southern Music Co., 1994) - play

Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee (Bernard of Clairvaux; tr. Edward Caswell) unison voices with optional 4-part stanza and descant, 1996

Four Winter Poems for SA and piano, 1996

  1. Afterflakes (Robert Frost) - play
  2. Winter, My Secret (Christina Rossetti) - play
  3. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening (Robert Frost) (Pub. Alliance Music Publications, 1998) - play
  4. Why Does It Snow? (Laura Richards) - play

Antiphona (El Libro de Oración Común; Salmo 9:1-2) unsion trebles and keyboard, 1998

Antiphon (Peter Mathews) sequence hymn arr. from Antiphona for unsion trebles and keyboard, 2000

Bread of Heaven (Josiah Conder) two-part mixed choir and organ, 1998 (Pub. MorningStar, 2005)

The Circle of Days (Reeve Lindberg) unison trebles and piano, 1999 - play

Praise the Lord, His Glories Show (Lyte and Shafer) unsion trebles and piano, 1999 (Pub. Choristers Guild, 2000) - play

O Gracious Light (Phos hilaron) unison trebles and organ (high and low versions), 2001

Easter Bells (Psalm 118:24; 1 Cor. 15:20, 22) unison trebles, piano and optional handbells, 2002 (Pub. MorningStar, 2006)

Missa Brevis for SA and organ, 2005

Magnificat and Nunc dimittis (BCP, Rite 1) for SA and organ, 2007 - play pt. 1, pt. 2

Arise, Shine (Isaiah 60:1-3, 11a, 14c, 18-19) TB and organ, 2018

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For additional information or to arrange commissions, please contact:
Dr. Peter Mathews
126 Timber Lane, Palatka, FL 32177 • Tel. (386) 312-0001

Vocal Music

High Voice

*The Lord Is My Shepherd (Psalm 23), 1964 - play

*Four Psalms, 1966-68

  1. In My Distress (Psalm 120) - play
  2. I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes (Psalm 121) - play
  3. By the Rivers of Babylon (Psalm 137) - play
  4. I Will Praise Thee (Psalm 138) - play

*My Heart Is Ready, God (Psalm 57), 1970 - play

Three Songs of Solomon, 1970

  1. I Am the Rose of Sharon (hv) - play
  2. Rise Up, My Fair One (lv) - play
  3. Thou Art Beautiful, O My Love (duet) - play

The Lamb (Blake), 1970 (Pub. MorningStar, 1991) - play

*Make Haste, O God (Psalm 70), 1970 - play

Be Still, My Soul, Be Still (Housman), 1972 - play

Storm Fear (Frost), 1973 - play

*Entreat Me Not to Leave Thee (Ruth 1), 1973 - play

*Out of the Depths I Cry (Psalm 130), 1973 - play

Chanson d'Automne (Verlaine), 1973

*Sleep, Sleep, My Holy One (E. B. Browning), 1973 - play

*It Is a Beauteous Evening (Wordsworth), 1974 - play

Four Sonnets of Edna St. Vincent Millay, 1976-77

  1. Thou Art Not Lovelier - play
  2. This Beast That Rends Me - play
  3. I Pray You If You Love Me - play
  4. And You as Well Must Die - play

The Prayer of St. Francis (Francis of Assisi), 1983 (Pub. MorningStar, 1991) - play

Pastourelle (Traditional Auvergne), 1985

Sonnet XIII (Louise Labé), 1988

Prospero to Ariel (Auden), 1988

*The Prayer of St. Augustine (St. Augustine), 1991 - play

Music, When Soft Voices Die (Shelley), 1992

The Velvet Shoes (Wylie), 1997

*O Sing Unto the Lord a New Song (Psalm 96), 1998

What Sweeter Music (Herrick), 2001

Four Winter Poems, 2013

  1. Afterflakes (Robert Frost)
  2. Winter, My Secret (Christina Rossetti)
  3. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening (Robert Frost)
  4. Why Does It Snow? (Laura Richards)

*Published by the composer in one volume as Thirteen Sacred Songs. These songs are also available for low voice.

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Low Voice

David's Lamentation (2 Samuel 1), 1965

Now Begin (Hopkins), 1972 (Pub. MorningStar, 1991)

Clear and Sweet Is My Soul (Whitman), 1974 - play

The Dream (Song of Solomon), 1976 - play

Blessed Is the Man (Psalm 1), 1978 - play

Psalm 19, 1980 - play

  1. Prologue
  2. The Heavens Declare the Glory of God
  3. The Law of the Lord Is Perfect
  4. Who Can Understand His Errors?
  5. Epilogue

Do Not Go Gentle (Dylan Thomas), 1981 - play

My God and I (Sergei), 1999

A Hymn to God the Father (John Donne), 2012 - play

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For additional information or to arrange commissions, please contact:
Dr. Peter Mathews
126 Timber Lane, Palatka, FL 32177 • Tel. (386) 312-0001

Chamber and Instrumental Music


Aquarelle for piano, 1969 - play

Cavatina for organ, 1970 (Pub. Lorenz, 1977) - play

Be Thou My Vision for organ, 1971 (Pub. Lorenz, 1977)

Improvisation on a Theme by César Franck for organ, 1978 (Pub. Lorenz, 1979)

Twelve Fanfares for organ, 1983

A Carol Fantasy for piano, 1985

In the Lord Put I My Trust, psalm-prelude for organ, 1991 (Pub. MorningStar, 1993) - play

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Voice(s) and Instrument(s)

The Flower (George Herbert) violin, soprano and piano, 1972 - play

Psalm 8 for 2 treble voices and harp, 1982

Psalm 84 for violin, soprano and piano, 1989 - play

Psalm 46 for cello, soprano and piano, 2018

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Angels of the Pillar, Strasbourg Cathedral, France


Fanfare for 2 trumpets and organ, 1970

Elegy in Spring for violin and piano, 1972 - play

Quartet for clarinet, violin, cello and piano (3 mvts.), 1972

  1. Mvt. 1 - play
  2. Mvt. 2 - play
  3. Mvt. 3 - play

Lament for Anna for cello and piano, 1973 - play

Capriccio for flute and piano, 1976

Quintet for Six Players for string quartet and piano four hands (2 mvts.), 1975-78

Prelude for flute and harp, 1981

Two Carols arr. for flute choir: 1. Hark the Herald Angels Sing (8 flutes); 2. Joy to the World (6 flutes), 1985

Fanfare for a Festive Occasion for 2 trumpets and organ, 1990 (Arr. for brass quintet and organ, 2004) - play

Intermezzo for violin and organ, 1991 (Pub. MorningStar, 1997) - play

Pastorale for clarinet and organ, 1993 (Pub. MorningStar, 1994) - play

Four Seasons for cello and organ, 1986-99

  1. Autumn Nocturne, 1987 (Pub. MorningStar, 1997) - play
  2. Winter Lament, 1997 (Pub. MorningStar, 2001) - play
  3. Spring Serenade, 1999 (Pub. MorningStar, 2001) - play
  4. Last Song of Summer, 1986 (Pub. MorningStar, 1989) - play

Hymns for harp and organ, 2005

  1. Slane (Pub. MorningStar, 2007 ~ Order ~ Download) - play
  2. Windsor (Pub. MorningStar, 2007 ~ Order ~ Download) - play
  3. Crucifer (Pub. MorningStar, 2007 ~ Order ~ Download) - play

There Is a Fountain for string orchestra, 2015

Elegy for flute and piano, 2015

There Is a Fountain for harp and organ, 2017

Suite française for harp and organ, 2018

  1. Idylle, 2018
  2. Passacaille, 2017 - play
  3. Aria, 1990 - play
  4. Fantaisie, 2014 - play

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For additional information or to arrange commissions, please contact:
Dr. Peter Mathews
126 Timber Lane, Palatka, FL 32177 • Tel. (386) 312-0001

Transcribed Works

Quia vidisti me (SATB), Orlande de Lassus

For additional information or to arrange commissions, please contact:
Dr. Peter Mathews
126 Timber Lane, Palatka, FL 32177 • Tel. (386) 312-0001

Career Highlights

Peter Mathews PETER MATHEWS was born in Vancouver, British Columbia in 1944 and studied violin and piano under the Toronto Conservatory system.

EDUCATION: His early piano training was with Edward Parker, of the renowned Parker family of Canadian pianists. In 1963-64 he studied in England with Morris Taylor, one of the last students of Dame Myra Hess, and received a Licentiate Diploma in Piano Performance at the Royal Academy of Music, London. His undergraduate degree in Music and History is from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan. Graduate studies include both a Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting from the University of Missouri at Kansas City where he worked with Eph Ehly.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Dr. Mathews conducts choirs, teaches piano, music history, theory, composition, orchestration, and form and analysis. For the past 40 years he has received choral anthem and instrumental commissions from churches and individual musicians from many parts of the United States. While composing music for worship, Dr. Mathews’ commissions have also included art songs and chamber music with voice and instruments in varying combinations.

From 1977-1982 he was the Composer-in-Residence at Grace and Holy Trinity Episcopal Cathedral under John Schaefer in Kansas City. As a male alto, he has sung in the Early Music Consort of Kansas City and in various cathedral churches. From 1999-2010 he served as Choirmaster for St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in DeLand, Florida, and taught Music Appreciation, Music History, Form & Analysis and Orchestration at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville from 2006-14.

As a conductor and workshop clinician, he conducted (a commissioned work, “Song of the Three Young Men” for SATB, brass and organ) at the 1993 Southeast Regional Convention of the American Guild of Organists. The 1994 Episcopal Diocese of Central Florida Choir Festival also featured the composer in this dual capacity. Dr. Mathews was awarded the anthem commission in 1999 for the 49th Annual Sewanee Church Music Conference, long recognized for excellence by the Episcopal Church Standing Commission on Church Music. In January 2000 he conducted two commissioned choral premières at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Augusta, Georgia as part of their 250th anniversary celebration. A fanfare for brass and organ and an anthem were commissioned for the 150th anniversary of the First Congregational Church in St. Joseph, Michigan in 2004.

COLLABORATIONS: The music of Peter Mathews is regularly performed at the Cathedral Church of St. Luke, Orlando, Florida under the direction of Ben Lane and Claire Hodge. In 2005 he completed a two-part treble Missa brevis setting for their childrens’ choirs and organ for their European tour during the Christmas season. The same venue saw the première of his Magnificat and Nunc dimittis in 2007 for the 20th anniversary of the Orlando Deanery Girls Choir conducted by Hazel Somerville, founder of the choir.

RECORDINGS AND COMPOSITION PERFORMANCES: Commissioned works of Peter Mathews continue to gain exposure through live performance and compact disc projects for the choirs of Edith Ho (Church of the Advent, Boston), Anton Armstrong (St. Olaf College) and David Brensinger (Atlanta Singers). The 1994 Florida All-State High School Chorus, Boston’s Youth Pro Musica, DePauw University, Stetson University, Christ Church Cathedral, Montreal and the Vancouver Chamber Choir have included works by Peter Mathews on their CDs and in their choirs’ concerts and tours. His liturgical music was featured in June 2000 at the Regional Convention of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians held in Orlando. In 2006, the Centaur label issued a CD with his “Four Seasons” for cello and organ, performed by Donald Moline, Chicago Symphony cellist, and Holy Name Cathedral organist Ricardo Ramirez. His “Intermezzo” has also been recorded by the Murray-Lohuis Duo in their CD series in Volume 5, “All American Works for Violin and Organ” by Raven Recordings. “Ubi caritas” for SATB and organ was commissioned for the installation of the bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Central Florida in 2012. In 2015, “Fantaisie” for harp and organ was commissioned and performed by Lafayette Square Duo, St. John’s Church, Lafayette Square, D.C.

PUBLISHERS: Dr. Mathews has written many compositions which are published by Alliance, Choristers Guild, H.W. Gray, Kjos, Lawson-Gould, Lorenz, MorningStar, St. James Press, and Southern. All the unpublished works have been engraved by the composer and are available upon request.

TOURS OF FRANCE: His interest in French culture has taken him on a number of bike trips to study the cathedrals and great churches of France. Some photos from these trips are being shared on this Web site in the hope of giving pleasure to those already familiar with these magnificent monuments and to those discovering them for the first time.

For additional information or to arrange commissions, please contact:
Dr. Peter Mathews
126 Timber Lane, Palatka, FL 32177 • Tel. (386) 312-0001


More than eighty works by Peter Mathews are published. The publishers are noted on the "List of Works" pages, with links to their websites.

For other works, or to arrange commissions, contact the composer directly:

Dr. Peter Mathews
126 Timber Lane, Palatka, FL 32177 • Tel. (386) 312-0001

French Cathedrals & Churches

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Dr. Peter Mathews
126 Timber Lane, Palatka, FL 32177 • Tel. (386) 312-0001

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