Making or Breaking
The poem by David Roberts was in part inspired by the first pictures of the earth taken from space, and the music inspired by pictures from the refugee crisis in 2015. In the simplest possible terms, the work sets out the choice before each of us. What should we do with our lives, and our planet which we inhabit for just a small part of time.
Commissioned by Kantorei in Denver, and Artistic Director Joel Rinsema, and was written during Kim's position as Composer-in-Residence in 2015/16.
- Instrumentation: SSAATTBB chorus and soprano saxophone
- Duration: 4,5 minutes
Author/lyricist: David Roberts
- Language: English
- Year: 2015
- Licensing: Santa Barbara Music Publishing
We inherit the world,
the whole of history,
our place on earth,
our place in time,
our fortune, good or bad,
in one picture,
we see our entire planet:
for the first time.
for the breaking
by David Roberts
Instrumentation: SATB, SSAA, or TTBB div. unaccompanied
Author/lyricist:Anon 20th century
Licensing: Norsk Musikkforlag
A work about hope in the darkest time of life. The text was written by a Jew hiding in Cologne, Germany, during World War 2 where the text was found scratched onto a wall.
Commissioned by the St. Olaf Festival (Olavsfestdagene) in Trondheim, Norway, and premiered on July 30 by the Nidaros Cathedral Girls' Choir at an event with the bishop of Nidaros Tor Singsås and actress Liv Ullmann. The SATB version was premiered by the Nidaros Cathedral Boys' Choir on November 26, 2011, in Nidaros Cathedral, Trondheim. A TTBB version was commissioned and premiered by Chor Leoni and conductor Erick Lichte in 2017. Arrangments for wind ensemble or brass band are also available.
I believe in the sun, even when it's not shining.
I believe in love, even when I feel it not.
I believe in God, even when He is silent.
Anon. 20th Century