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Wednesday
Apr172019

Beauty 

Beauty is scored for soprano, bass-baritone, cello and piano and sets an excerpt from Ralph Waldo Emerson's essay The Poet. The work was commissioned by the University of Massachusetts Amherst for soprano Jamie-Rose Guarrine and bass-baritone Seth Keeton. They will be doing the premiere recording and the expected release will be in 2020. 

Here's the Emerson excerpt:
Wherever snow falls, or water flow, or birds fly, wherever day and night meet in twilight, wherever the blue heaven is hung by clouds, or sown with stars, wherever are forms with transparent boundaries, wherever are outlets into celestial space, wherever is danger, and awe, and love, there is Beauty, plenteous as rain, shed for thee, and though thou shouldest walk the world over, thous shalt not be able to find a condition inopportune or ignoble.