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Blessed Be the Flower That Triumphs

A meditation on the true meaning of resurrection
Commissioned by Bethlehem Music Series / Maria Bucka [Orchestral version]
Winner of the Athena Festival Almquist Award [SATB a cappella version]
Poet/Lyricist: 
Michael deVernon Boblett

A warm and richly contrapuntal meditation on the true meaning of resurrection: that which returns and prevails despite persecution or death.  This homage to a small but tenacious wildflower offers a dialogue between the grand and the humble, the temporal and the enduring.

Blessed Be the Flower That Triumphs was commissioned to be performed on the same concert as the Fauré Requiem — thus the orchestral version has the same instrumentation as the John Rutter edition of the Fauré, with the addition of a violin section and the omission of the organ.

The choral parts of the a cappella and orchestral versions of this song are almost identical; the orchestra provides an introduction, instrumental interludes and a coda, as well as additional color throughout.

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Blessed Be the Flower That Triumphs

Poem by Michael deVernon Boblett Adapted by Elizabeth Alexander

Blessed be the flower that triumphs
Over snows, over thorns, over withered stems,
Over windswept mountains, over deserts cruel and dry.
Blessed be the flower that triumphs.

Blessed be the flower that triumphs
Over wars, over change, over centuries,
Over barbed wire fences, over soldiers' heavy feet.
Blessed be the flower that triumphs.

Blessed be the flower that triumphs
Over well-meaning hands bent on gathering.
Over small closed rooms, with their vases hard and cold.
Blessed be the flower that triumphs.

Blessed be the flower that triumphs
Over vain words of priests and of poets pens
And attempts to domesticate its wild, wild Truth.
Blessed be the flower that triumphs.

Blessed be the flower that triumphs
Over past, over death, over silences,
Enduring beyond iron and tears and severed roots,
And restoring to all things a joyful smallness.
Blessed be the flower that triumphs at last.

Reviews and Responses: 

"Blessed Be the Flower That Triumphs is an intelligent, creative, beautifully powerful piece of choral writing that deserves to be heard and performed by many.  The choir had a wonderful time preparing it and enjoyed it even more as time went on.  You already know my thoughts about this stunning work of art.  As I hope you could tell, the audience had an immediate positive reaction to it.  They LOVED it!"  Maria Bucka, Artistic Chair, Bethlehem Music Series

Performers: 

Chorus and orchestra:
     Bethlehem Lutheran Choir and Orchestra - David Mennicke, conductor (Minneapolis, MN)   * Premiere
     Concordia University Choir - David Mennicke, conductor ~ Concordia University (Saint Paul, MN)

 

Chorus a cappella:
     Murray State University Concert Choir - Bradley Almquist, conductor ~ Athena Music Festival (Murray, KY)   * Premiere
     Choir of First Unitarian Church of Houston - Jason Oby, conductor (Houston, TX)
     Choir of First Unitarian Society of Madison - Dan Broner, conductor (Madison, WI)

 

 

 

 

 

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