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Pages (Movement II. from Kindling)

"Girl with Dandelion" by Emily Roe.
Used by permission of the artist.
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A clear-eyed look at the world's challenges, with a contemplative call to action
Commissioned by First Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston
Poet/Lyricist: 
Elizabeth Alexander

Moving forward with the patient, deliberate steps of visionary souls past and present, this introspective song surveys the challenges of the world with clear-eyed compassion and resolve. By turns both heart-lifting and heart-rending, it concludes with a call to action for all people of conscience.

The second movement of Kindling: Small Reflections on a Limitless Faith, Pages may be performed as a stand-alone piece.

* Note: The Choral Score is designed to be used with chamber ensemble performances as well as those accompanied only by piano. For all chamber ensemble performances, the conductor should use the Conductor's Score of the complete work (SEA-123-00).

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Pages

Elizabeth Alexander

(A small reflection on the words and deeds of prophetic women and men...)

On the pages of the morning paper,
    People rebuild shattered schools and restore lifeless lakes,
    Knit reconciliation out of promise and pain,
    And sing to the deathly ill and the newly born.
Constitutions are still being written,
    And slaves freed, and truces forged.
We finish our breakfasts and roll up our own sleeves.

Composer's Note: 

For me, the reading of a newspaper brings many emotions in quick succession: joy, fear, sorrow, inspiration and pain. I brought this shifting emotional terrain into “Pages,” along with the patient, perseverant steps of many visionary souls.

For more extensive program notes, see Kindling: Small Reflections on a Limitless Faith.

Performers: 

SATB, flute, horn, string quartet:
Choir of First Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston / Jason Oby (Houston, TX) * Premiere
Choir of Arlington Street Church / Mark Buckles (Boston, MA)
Choir of Unitarian Universalist Church of Atlanta / Donald Milton III (Atlanta, GA)
One Voice Mixed Chorus, Well-Strung / Jane Ramseyer Miller (St. Paul, MN)

SATB, piano:
Choir of First Unitarian Universalist Church of Rochester, MN / Joseph Mish

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