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Constellation Men's Ensemble | Where My Heart Can Sing - Daniel Gawthrop
Premiered as part of NOVA IV: house & home, June 2021. I am seeking Lord for a place of rest I’m a wanderer, a pilgrim, a stranger. Lead me Lord to a blessed place, That place where my heart can sing. I sought peace in the ancient forest Lace canopies of green spread o’er my head But in solitude I found there was no respite as midnight phantoms forced entry to my dreams. Beleaguered, I sought succor on the mountain, from the peak the pathway surely would be clear. But no vision, no fire, no voice of thunder spoke to the hunger deep within my heart. In that lonely place of fear and darkness the wilderness stretches endless before me. How long, O Lord, shall I wander lost, unseen, unloved, unloved? Into my loneliness amid the chaos came the hand and the voice of a stranger “Safe haven, safe haven here, safe haven, with fellow pilgrims rest. Here is peace, here is welcome, here is love, here is love.” I am seeking Lord for a place of rest Where all may come and find a safehold. Let me be your guide to that blessed place, to that place where every heart can sing. Daniel E. Gawthrop has been the recipient of over one hundred commissions to write original music. His published choral and organ works are in the catalogs of Dunstan House, Alfred Publishing, Alliance Music, Lorenz Publishing Co., and others. His a cappella motet "Sing Me to Heaven" is among the most frequently performed choral pieces of modern times and has sold more than a half million copies. Gawthrop's music has premiered in the Concert Hall of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Salt Lake City Mormon Tabernacle, and Washington National Cathedral among dozens of other prestigious venues. His choral pieces have been performed and recorded by such eminent ensembles as The United States Air Force Singing Sergeants, the Gregg Smith Singers, the Turtle Creek Chorale, the Paul Hill Chorale, the American Boychoir, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, the Cathedral Choral Society (of Washington National Cathedral) and literally hundreds of other groups in the U.S. and abroad. https://dunstanhouse.subitomusic.com/ In addition to his work as a composer, Gawthrop has been active as a broadcaster, clinician and adjudicator, organist, conductor, teacher and writer, including a period as music critic for The Washington Post.
Constellation Men's Ensemble + La Caccina | Entreat Me Not to Leave You - Dan Forrest
Recorded at Alice Millar Chapel. March 1, 2020. Constellation Men's Ensemble + La Caccina. Christopher Windle, conductor Entreat Me Not to Leave You - Dan Forrest (b. 1978) Entreat me not to leave you, nor to turn back from following after you. For where you go, I will go; and where you live, I will live; your people shall be my people, and your God my God. Where you die, I will die, and there will I be buried. The Lord do so to me, and more also, if ought but death parts you and me. —Ruth 1: 16-17 Published by Hinshaw Music https://www.hinshawmusic.com/ Dan Forrest’s setting of the text from Ruth is both desperate and assured in his use of two motives. The first is a plea with descending lines heard as the prayerful tears of someone staring at a loved one who has reached the end of their journey. The second is a promise, heard as a hymn tune, with the melody being passed between soprano and tenor voices. The power of the piece is in the juxtaposition of these two moments: While we all experience loss, grieving, and the unavoidable desire to hold on, there is an assurance in what is natural, what happens to us all. The idea of death being a moment of “both/and.” We offer this as a benediction for tonight’s concert. —Ryan Townsend Strand ©2020
Brahms: Warum ist das Licht gegeben, Op. 74, No. 1
Chicago Chamber Choir sings "Warum ist das Licht gegeben, Op. 74, No. 1" from the Fall 2019 concert, "Where Flames a Word." Composer: Johannes Brahms Artwork: “Muffled Pines.” Available at gingerlypress.com. chicagochamberchoir.org --- Warum ist das Licht gegeben dem Mühseligen, Und das Leben den betrübten Herzen? Warum? Die des Todes warten und kommt nicht Und grüben ihn wohl aus dem verborgenen; Die sich fast freuen und sind fröhlich, daß sie das Grab bekommen. Warum? Und dem Manne des Weg verborgen ist, Und Gott vor ihm denselben bedecket? Warum? Lasset uns unser Herz samt den Händen aufheben zu Gott im Himmel. Siehe, wir preisen selig, die erduldet haben. Die Geduld Hiob habt ihr gehöret, Und das Ende des Herrn habt ihr gesehen; Denn der Herr ist barmherzig und ein Erbarmer! Mit Fried und Freud ich fahr dahin, in Gottes Willen, getrost ist mir mein Herz und Sinn, sanft und stille. Wie Gott mir verheißen hat, der Tod ist mir Schlaf worden. Why has light been given to the weary of soul, And life to the troubled hearts? Why? They who wait for death, and it doesn’t come; They who dig for it even out of secret places; Those who almost rejoice and are happy That they achieve the grave. Why? And to the man whose way is hidden, And from whom God himself has been concealed? Why? Let us lift up our hearts, together with our hands, to God in heaven. Behold, we value them as blessed who have endured. You have heard of the patience of Job, And the Lord’s conclusion you have seen: For the Lord is merciful and has compassion! With peace and joy I depart in God’s will, My heart and mind are comforted, calm, and quiet. As God had promised me: death has become my sleep
Kile Smith Everyone Sang, DePaul University
Everyone Sang, SATB opt. solo. Performed by the DePaul University Concert Choir 26 Feb 2022, conducted by Christopher Windle. Soloists: Tyler Whitney, Macrina Forest. Text by Siegfried Sassoon. Everyone suddenly burst out singing; And I was filled with such delight As prisoned birds must find in freedom, Winging wildly across the white Orchards and dark-green fields; on – on – and out of sight. Everyone’s voice was suddenly lifted; And beauty came like the setting sun: My heart was shaken with tears; and horror Drifted away … O, but Everyone Was a bird; and the song was wordless; the singing will never be done.
Stars - Chicago Chamber Choir
Stars Ēriks Ešenvalds (b. 1977) Chicago Chamber Choir Christopher Windle, Artistic Director Season 22, 2017-2018 SEEK, December 2017 St. Mark's Episcopal Church www.chicagochamberchoir.org Alone in the night On a dark hill With pines around me Spicy and still, And a heaven full of stars Over my head, White and topaz And misty red; Myriads with beating Hearts of fire The aeons Cannot vex or tire; The dome of heaven Like a great hill, I know I Am honored to be Witness Of so much majesty. Sara Teasdale (1884-1933)
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