Life: a Blessing, Beautiful and Frail
for a cappella choir

Composition Date: 2016
Duration: 00:05:00
Genre: Choral (9 + Voices), A Capella

Instrumentation:

Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Mixed chorus
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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.

- Brandon Wint

Premiere Information:
5 March 2017, St. Barnabas Church, Ottawa, Ontario
Ewashko Singers, Laurence Ewashko conducting; Christopher Mallory, speaker

CATALOGUE INFO:

  • Call Number:
  • MV 6000 M498lif
  • Genre:
  • Choral (9 + Voices), A Capella
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • April 27, 2017
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • Score
    15 Pages
    Height: 30 cm
    Width: 23 cm
  • Language Information
  • Main language: Multiple languages
  • Additional Information:
  • Commissioned by: Laurence Ewashko - Ewashko Singers

    Spoken part in English, with sung parts in French.
    Text by Brandon Wint. Translation to French by Sarahjane Johnston, with revision Renaud Pilote.
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