Mark Buller (b. 1986) — Jubilate in tempore solitudinis (Quarantine Miniature No. 19) (2020) for organ
When the period of home quarantine for coronavirus pandemic began in mid-March 2020, Mark Buller began composing a new miniature each day. Each piece was scored for a different solo performer (instrument or voice) or a small group combination that could be performed entirely from somebody’s home. “Jubilate in tempore solitudinis” (#19) is an organ solo dedicated to Crista Miller, organist at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Houston, Texas. (The title means “Praise in a time of solitude.”)
The music of composer Mark Buller (b. 1986) has been performed around the country and internationally, from Carnegie Hall to various venues on five continents. He has been commissioned by a wide range of organizations, including the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Houston Grand Opera (for three 45-minute operas, an extended choral work, and numerous art songs), the Houston Symphony, and River Oaks Chamber Orchestra. Winner of the Rapido! Composition Contest, the Vanguard Voices Choral Composition Competition,and the Sarofim Composition Award, his recent performances include “Motion Studies” by Boston Musica Viva, Voices of Change (Dallas), Atlanta Chamber Players, and Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings; The Songs of Ophelia by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and director Robert Spano; “Whirligig” for River Oaks Chamber Orchestra; and “Overboard,” a 10-minute choral work commissioned by Houston Grand Opera and performed by the Houston Chamber Choir. Buller received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Houston, where he studied with Marcus Maroney and Rob Smith.