The Wound in the Water
"The Wound in the Water" explores the theme of Mammon, the traditional symbol of the love of greed and money, by singing of our exile and the wounding of our world, of the beauty of the earth, and of the struggle of profoundly divided humanity towards a shared song. Mammon is a force that divides us, both internally - we become divided from ourselves, from our capacity for love - and communally- human beings become creatures of competition and conflict. Our relationship with ourselves, others, and the vividly living planet that is our home, slowly erodes and then collapses - and we come to live as homeless exiles in this threefold sense. This work recognizes the long journey towards the healing that we have to undergo and ends with an attempt of a shared song.
Commissioned by the St. Olaf Festival (Olavsfestdagene) in Trondheim, Norway, and premiered by Conspirare, soprano Elin Manahan Thomas, Trondheimsolistene, and conductor Craig Hella Johnson on July 28, 2016.
- Instrumentation: Solo Soprano, SATB chorus, piano & strings
- Duration: 66 minutes
Author/lyricist: Euan Tait
- Language: English
- Year: 2016
- Licensing: Santa Barbara Music Publishing
Read the full libretto by Euan Tait here.
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