Solace

“This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before.” -Leonard Bernstein (made in response to the assassination of JFK)

Inspired by the above quote, Hartt School band director, Glen Adsit, began talking to composers and poets in January, 2013 about ways to musically and universally respond to the December 14, 2012 tragedy that took place at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, claiming the lives of 20 innocent children and 6 educators. One result of this outreach was a short and deeply touching poem by Connecticut Poet Laureate Dick Allen entitled “Solace” which was sent to composer William Bolcom, who set it for a cappella chorus, or women’s and children’s chorus. The World Premiere of “Solace” was on May 2, 2013 at the Cathedral in Hartford, Hartford, CT by the Hartt School of Music Chorus under the direction of Edward Bolkovac, and repeated by same on May 5 at Yale University’s Wolsey Hall in New Haven, CT.

National Public Radio published an audio interview with Mr. Bolcom, an audio recitation by poet Dick Allen, and a sound file of a performance of “Solace” on Dec. 11, 2013. Visit it here.

The text is here reprinted:

Solace

There are the fields we’ll walk across
In the snow lightly falling.
…..In the snow lightly falling,
There are the fields we’ll walk across.

There are the houses we’ll walk toward
In the snow lightly falling.
…..In the snow lightly falling,
There are the houses we’ll walk toward.

There are the faces we once kissed
In the snow lightly falling.
…..In the snow lightly falling,
There are the faces we once kissed.

Incredible how we laughed and cried
In the snow lightly falling.
…..In the snow lightly falling,
Incredible how we laughed and cried.

Incredible how we’ll meet again
In the snow lightly falling.
…..In the snow lightly falling,
Incredible how we’ll meet again.

No small hand will go unheld
In the snow lightly falling
…..In the snow lightly falling,
No small hand will go unheld.

No voice once heard is ever lost
In the snow lightly falling.
…..In the snow lightly falling,
No voice once heard is ever lost.

-Dick Allen, December, 2012

E. B. Marks Music Company here offers the sheet music as a free download to choruses and singers everywhere.

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