To the sun, to the risen

2010

Text by Franz Wright (from God's Silence

for ssatbb choir (fixed)

Written for the New York Virtuoso Singers.
Live Recording by the New York Virtuoso Singers.

program note:

To the sun, to the risen is a musical setting of the poem of the same name by Pulitzer-winning poet Franz Wright (from his 2001 poetry collection, God's Silence. I was attracted to this poem for its rich, dark ambiguities around love and faith, but also for the wealth of physical motion evoked by the text. There is stillness, cyclicality, momentum, as well as a bit of word-play on the ordering of words (which make for exciting rhythmic possibilities). This piece was composed for the New York Virtuoso Singers under the direction of Harold Rosenbaum.

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