Welcome to the orchestral repertoire page. Here, you will find a list of compositions for rental or sale, depending on the size of the work.

  • Large-scaled Sacred works written for vocal soloists, choir, and full symphonic or chamber orchestra. Psalm 119 and Saint Matthew Passion are the hallmarks of my work as a composer, bringing together the full range of my musical languages.
  • Symphony and chamber orchestra compositions incorporating multicultural experimentalism
  • Negro Spirituals and Black Lives Matter-related compositions. Black composers of previous generations continuously enlarged the extraordinary body of Negro Spirituals with arrangements for solo voice and symphony orchestra, choral and chamber music configurations. I want to honor their leadership by humbly adding to the canon and advancing the timeless relevance of Negro Spirituals.

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  • category: Scores

    Four Fragments from Psalm 119

    • for Soprano Soloist and Orchestra.
Length – Seventeen minutes (2021)
Psalm 119
(KJV)

      3 Flutes (Piccolo and Alto Flute doubles)
      2 Oboes
      English Horn
      2 Clarinets in Bb
      Bass Clarinet in Bb
      3 Bassoons
      4 Horns in F
      3 Trumpets in C
      2 Trombones
      Bass Trombone
      Tuba
      Timpani
      Percussion (4 players):
      Marimba
      Vibraphone
      Cymbals – Ride Cymbal, Hi Hat
      Tambourine
      3 Tam-Tams (Small, Mid, Large)
      Snare Drum
      Tom-Toms (5)
      Bass Drum
      Celesta
      Soprano Soloist
      Harp
      Strings

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    • Four Fragments from Psalm 119 Album Track Listing >>
      • 1
        Introduction
      • 2
        Caph
      • 3
        A Short Interlude on the Wonderment of God
      • 4
        Schin
  • category: Scores

    Psalm 119

    • for four vocal soloists, chorus, and symphony orchestra.
      Length – Two Hours and 10 minutes (2017-2021)
      Psalm 119
      (KJV)
      for Vocal Soloists, Chorus, and Orchestra
      2021
      Vocal Soloists
      Soprano
      Mezzo Soprano
      Tenor
      Bass
      Chorus
      Orchestra
      3 Flutes (Piccolo and Alto Flute doubles)
      2 Oboes
      English Horn
      2 Clarinet in Bb
      Bass Clarinet in Bb
      3 Bassoons
      4 Horns in F
      3 Trumpets in C
      2 Trombones
      Bass Trombone
      Tuba
      Timpani
      Percussion (4 players):
      Xylophone
      Marimba
      Vibraphone
      Cymbals
      Ride Cymbal
      Hi Hat
      Triangle
      Tambourine
      3 Tam-Tams
      Claves
      Snare Drum
      Side Drum
      Tom-Toms
      Bass Drum
      Wood Blocks
      Celesta
      Harp and String Orchestra

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  • category: Scores

    Saint Matthew Passion

    • for Vocal Soloists, Chamber Chorus, Chamber Orchestra, and Jazz Rhythm Section (2010-2015)
      (NKJV)
      Length – Two Hours
      Chapter 26
      Intermission
      Chapter 27
      Vocal Soloists
      Evangelist – Tenor
      Jesus – Bass
      Judas – Bass*
      Peter – Bass*
      High Priest – Bass*
      Pontius Pilate – Bass*
      First Servant Girl – Soprano*
      Second Servant Girl – Soprano*
      Pilate’s Wife – Soprano*
      *Can be chosen from the choir.
      Chamber Chorus
      Chamber Orchestra
      1 Flute
      1 Oboe (with English Horn)
      1 Bb Clarinet
      1 Bassoon
      1 Trumpet in C
      1 Tenor Trombone
      Two Percussionists (excluding the Jazz drummer):
      Timpani
      Marimba
      Vibraphone
      Snare Drum
      Crotales
      2 Cymbals: one 22” thin, one 22” low medium thin
      High and Mid-Range Woodblocks
      Cowbell
      Guiro
      High Hat
      Two Keyboardists:
      1 Celesta
      1 Piano
      Harp and String Orchestra

      Jazz Rhythm Section
      Acoustic Bass (with Electric Bass)
      Drums

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      Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Regio di Torino
      Date: May 30, 2015
      Venue: Auditorium RAI Arturo Toscanini Torino, Italy
      Grant Gershon – Conductor
      John Bellemer – Evangelist
      Roberto Abbondanza – Jesus

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  • category: Scores

    Glimpses of the Garden of Eden

    • for solo horn and chamber orchestra (2016)
      Length 12:30
      Solo Horn in F
      Timpani, Tambourine
      Percussion (6 players)
      Snare Drum,
      Bass Drum
      Claves, Triangle, Finger Cymbals
      Glockenspiel
      Xylophone
      Marimba
      Harp
      Strings

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    • Glimpses of the Garden of Eden Album Track Listing >>
      • 1
        Glimpses of the Garden of Eden
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    The Suffering Servant II

    • for solo Tenor Voice, solo Bassoon, and Chamber Orchestra (1998-1999)
      Two Flutes, Two Oboes, 2 Bb Clarinets,
      Two Horns, Two Trumpets, Two Trombones
      Tympani
      Two Vibraphones,
      Harp and String Orchestra

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  • category: Scores

    Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child

    • (2015 rev. 2021)
      Length 3:40 Arranged by James W. Newton Jr. (excerpt from my Saint Matthew Passion)
      For solo Flute and String Orchestra
       
      Date: October 19, 2019
      Venue: The Witold Lutosławski Concert Studio, Polish Radio
      Performers: 
      Jerzy Semkow Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra https://sinfoniaiuventus.pl/
      Wojciech Semerau-Siemianowski – conductor http://wsemerau.com/myproject/wojciech-semerau-siemianowski/
      Monika Konstantynowicz – Flute soloist
      Sound engineer: Ewa Guziołek-Tubelewicz
      Recording Copyright © Jerzy Semkow Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra 2019

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    • Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child Album Track Listing >>
      • 1
        Warsaw Concert
  • category: Scores

    Beauty and Strength (2016)

    • Length 5:12
      Flute, Clarinet in Bb, Bassoon, Horn
      Percussion (3 players)
      Wood Blocks, Drum Set, Vibraphone
      Harp and String Orchestra

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    • Beauty and Strength (2016) Album Track Listing >>
      • 1
        Beauty and Strength
  • category: Scores

    Amazing Grace Version 1

    • (2017) This fully notated arrangement of “Amazing Grace” was motivated by and dedicated to President Barack Obama, and the nine precious lives taken in Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, in Charleston, South Carolina.
      Length 5:20
      For String Orchestra
      Arranged by James Newton
      Recording James Newton – The Manual of Light (2018)
      Orenda Records 0057
      Performers:
      Grant Gershon – Conductor
      String Orchestra
      Copyright © James W. Newton Jr Janew Music 2018

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    $23.75
    • Amazing Grace Version 1 Album Track Listing >>
      • 1
        Amazing Grace

My music purposely ignores stylistic boundaries to rejoice in the creations of the Holy Spirit

JAMES NEWTON

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