Music

Music, for a cappella chamber chorus (2012), c. 10 minutes. Based on the poem by Ralph Waldo Emerson. Commissioned by Counterpoint. World Premiere in Vermont, April 5 (Colchester), April 6 (Montpelier) and April 7 (Manchester), 2013. — read a review.

Here’s the poem by Emerson:

Let me go where’er I will
I hear a sky-born music still;
It sounds from all things old,
It sounds from all things young,
From all that’s fair, from all that’s foul,
Peals out a cheerful song.

It is not only in the rose,
It is not only in the bird,
Not only when the rainbow glows,
Nor in the song of woman heard,
But in the darkest, meanest things
There alway, alway, something sings.

‘Tis not in the high stars alone,
Nor in the cup of budding flowers,
Nor in the redbreast’s mellow tones,
Nor in the bow that smiles in showers,
But in the mud and scum of things
There alway, alway, something sings.