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Like a Whisper in the Heart

The late Sylvia Dunstan was a gifted poet, and I have been drawn to set her texts on numerous occasions.  As I have previously posted, for a number of years I composed an annual Christmas carol (or anthem), for which I was determined to incorporate the text “gloria in excelsis deo” (just as my yearly Easter carol required an “alleluia” or two: see This Our Joy and This Our Feast).  It was with great excitement that I discovered this text, with its glorious imagery… and its refrain of “gloria in excelsis deo”!  The SATB anthem with piano accompaniment, as well as the chamber ensemble arrangement heard on the recording, can be purchased at giamusic.com.

 ℗ 2003 GIA Publications, Inc.

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As Water to the Thirsty

A masterful text by Timothy Dudley Smith, set for SATB choir.  Available for purchase at giamusic.com.

As water to the thirsty,
as beauty to the eyes,
as strength that follows weakness,
as truth instead of lies,
as songtime and springtime
and summertime to be,
so is my Lord,
my living Lord,
so is my Lord to me.

Like calm in place of clamor,
like peace that follows pain,
like meeting after parting,
like sunshine after rain,
like moonlight and starlight
and sunlight on the sea,
so is my Lord,
my living Lord,
so is my Lord to me.

As sleep that follows fever,
as gold instead of grey,
as freedom after bondage,
as sunrise to the day,
as home to the traveler
and all we long to see,
so is my Lord,
my living Lord,
so is my Lord to me.

© 1979 Hope Publishing Co., Carol Stream, IL 60188.

Performance © GIA Publications, Inc.

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Before the Song Was Done

The poetry of Sara Teasdale, which I discovered in an art song setting, was the inspiration for this work.   A Christmas carol for SATB chorus with piano, oboe and cello accompaniment, it is both meditative and joyful, ending gently with the baby Jesus sleeping through it all.  Available for purchase at giamusic.com.

 ℗ 1999 GIA Publications, Inc.

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