Life: a Blessing, Beautiful and Frail

Composition Date: 2017
Duration: 00:05:10


Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Narrator/Actor
  • 1 x Mixed chorus
Programme Note:
Life: a blessing, beautiful and frail The poet will ask us to name the blood of the world; in verse, she'll call it Love. The mystics, the monks, the prayerful will name it, too: in prayer they'll call it God. But all we know, beyond these names is the dance between what is frail and what is beautiful *** We tire, perhaps, of speaking of flowers or God's masterful symmetry reflected in everything: how the orchid, soft and white resembles, after a day's rain, the ivory moon above its head. How the best of symphonies mimics the wind roving through a fist of leaves, and the fingers of humming branches. We tire because we know that genius, too, is a gust of wind and our minds can be lost in one evening's storm. We tire of speaking beauty because the best of this world disappears: great cities of yesterday decay in today's oceans. The heads of lofty mountains are shaved by wind and rain. the stars to which we pray, swallow, into some black mouth millenniums of light. We tire of speaking beauty because it wears innumerable names; Everyday, beauty is somewhere dying, While elsewhere new beauty grows.


  • Call Number:
  • AR3316
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • April 24, 2017
  • Type:
  • Sound recording, archival
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 streaming audio file ; (5:10)
    This is a streaming audio track, part of the CentreStreams project. CentreStreams is made possible through the support of the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Audio-Visual Preservation Trust of Canada and CBC Radio 2.
    Ceci est une piste de son en continu, du projet Musiflots. Musiflots a été mis sur pied grâce au soutien du ministère du Patrimoine canadien, du Trust pour la préservation de l'audiovisuel et de CBC Radio 2.
  • Additional Information:
  • For narrator and Choir SATB. Performers: Christopher Malloy, speaker; Ewashko Singers; Laurance Ewashko, conductor. World premiere 5 March 2017 in St. Barnabas Church, Ottawa. .
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