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for SATB choir (2020)
This piece is a setting of a poem by John V. Taylor:
Should you hear them singing among stars
or whispering secrets of a wiser world,
do not imagine ardent, fledgling children;
they are intelligences old as sunrise
that never learnt right from left,
before from after,
knowing but one direction, into God,
but one duration, now.
Their melody strides not from bar to bar,
but like a painting, hangs there entire,
one chord of limitless communication.
You have heard it in the rhythms of the hills,
the spiralling turn of a dance, the fall of words,
the touch of fingers at the rare, right moment,
and these were holy, holy.
00:00 / 06:35
This recording by the Choir of St. James Cathedral was made as part of a Young Composers Workshop in collaboration with the University of Toronto.
Scores available upon request.
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