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A clear-eyed look at the world's challenges, with a contemplative call to action
Poet/Lyricist: 
Elizabeth Alexander
Commissioned by First Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston

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).

Item Instrumentation/Voicing Duration Level Audio Peruse Delivery Method (Print vs. Digital) Price Quantity
SEA-123-00 SATB, flute, horn, piano, string quartet - Conductor's Score - Complete multi-movement work
Oversized 11"x14" score, coil-bound with cardstock cover
25' MA https://seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/recording-kindling-1-first_touch.mp3 Sheet Music $30.00
SEA-123-00DEL SATB, flute, horn, piano, string quartet - Conductor's Score - Complete multi-movement work
Oversized 11"x14" licensed PDF
25' MA https://seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/recording-kindling-1-first_touch.mp3 Licensed PDF $30.00
SEA-123-02 SATB, piano - Choral Score - Individual Movement
Use with chamber ensemble OR piano accompaniment
4' M https://seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/recording-alexander-pages-satb_and_orchestra.mp3 Sheet Music $3.00
SEA-123-02DEL SATB, piano - Choral Score - Individual Movement
Use with chamber ensemble OR piano accompaniment
4' M https://seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/recording-alexander-pages-satb_and_orchestra.mp3 Licensed PDF $3.00
SEA-123-09 SATB, piano - Choral Score - Complete multi-movement Work
Use with chamber ensemble OR piano accompaniment. Coil-bound with cardstock cover
25' MA https://seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/recording-kindling-1-first_touch.mp3 Sheet Music $12.00
SEA-123-09DEL SATB, piano - Choral Score - Complete multi-movement Work
Use with chamber ensemble OR with piano accompaniment. Licensed PDF, 68 pages long, suitable for coil-binding or for use in a 3-ring binder.
25' MA https://seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/recording-kindling-1-first_touch.mp3 Licensed PDF $12.00

Pages

Elizabeth Alexander

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:
Premiere: Choir of First Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston / Jason Oby (Houston, TX) 
Choir of Arlington Street Church / Mark Buckles (Boston, MA)
Choir of Mount Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church / Mark Tuning (Walnut Creek, CA)
Choir of Unitarian Universalist Church of Atlanta / Donald Milton III (Atlanta, GA)
Harmonium Choral Society / Anne Matlack (Chatham, NJ)
One Voice Mixed Chorus and Well-Strung / Jane Ramseyer Miller (St. Paul, MN)
St Luke Presbyterian Church / David Lohman (St. Louis Park, MN)

SATB, piano
Premiere: Choir of First Unitarian Universalist Church of Rochester, MN / Joseph Mish
University of Indianapolis Concert Choir / Meagan Johnson (Indianapolis, IN)

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