In Beauty Opp 13;16; 22

for SATB Choir

There are three versions of this piece: 2006;2008;2010

Instrumentation: Soprano I & II; Alto I & II; Tenor I & II; Baritone; Bass

Text: In beauty may I walk   (traditional Navajo poem)

In beauty                                                                      may I walk
All day long                                                                   may I walk
Through the returning seasons                                      may I walk
Beautifully will I possess again
Beautifully birds
Beautifully joyful birds
On the trail marked with pollen                                      may I walk
With grasshoppers about my feet                                   may I walk
With dew about my feet                                                may I walk
With beauty                                                                  may I walk
With beauty before me                                                  may I walk
With beauty behind me                                                 may I walk
With beauty above me                                                  may I walk
With beauty all around me                                            may I walk
In old age, wandering on a trail of beauty, lively,            may I walk
In old age, wandering on a trail of beauty, living again,   may I walk
It is finished in beauty
It is finished in beauty

anon (from the Navajo, trans. Jerome K Rothenburg)

Duration: Version i  12 minutes; Version ii  16 minutes; Version iii 12 minutes.

Dates of Composition: Version i  2006; Version ii  2008;  Version iii   2010

Performance:

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