The human heart seeks to be known, understood, respected, and loved. The poem of this piece was written in response to a photograph of an amazing woman; the photograph showed the beauty and power of the way she looks at people, the way she searches the heart and seeks what is truly within a person. This work is a serene celebration of love's challenging gaze.
Commissioned by the Texas Choral Directors Association for the 2017 Convention, and premiered by the Director's Chorus with conductor Lori Hetzel.
- Instrumentation: SATB, SSAA or TTBB & piano
- Duration: 5,30 minutes
Author/lyricist: Euan Tait
- Language: Latin
- Year: 2017
- Licensing: Santa Barbara Music Publishing
This is love's searching love,
this is the heart searching the heart,
this the heart seeking the heart’s music
and asking, do you know this music,
the power of the heart’s unfolding melody,
of the harmonies of our searching, hidden
in the tears and power of the eye?
by Euan Tait
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