Alfred V. Fedak
Text Carl P. Daw, Jr., 2019
Voicing Two-part mixed choir, kybd.
Topic Beauty, Creation, Music, Silence
Price $2.35 (U.S.)
Cat. no. 420-410
Difficulty Mod. easy
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A perfect anthem post-pandemic underscoring the beauty of music, and its importance to the human experience, and a Christian's faith. Easily rehearsed, simple but not simplistic, and elegant. Based on the composer's
Out of silence music rises;
melody evolves like breath;
light and shadow dance together;
life keeps dawning out of death.
Unexpected beauty beckons
and its new-found charms entice:
promise of unbounded splendor,
fleeting taste of paradise.
So the soul is caught and carried
by allure not fully known,
by a glimpse of dappled radiance,
by a half-heard overtone.
Past what sense can sort or order,
farther down than thoughts reveal,
wells a deep, unfathomed longing
for the source of this appeal.
For the God who lavished beauty
on a newborn universe
still bestows it to engage us,
to invite but not coerce.
All that wakes our dormant wonder,
every surge of sound and sight,
gives us grace to seek the holy,
in its terror and delight.
Carl P. Daw, Jr., 2019
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