Spell of the Elements

SATB double chorus and piano

This piece is inspired by the four Classical elements (Earth, Air, Fire, and Water). In it, the voices invoke each element and request of it certain characteristics. The process is similar to, and often associated with, the ancient practice of "calling the directions." In fact, as the lyrics suggest, each element is associated with a direction, as well as with a color, action and part of the body. As in traditional practice, toward the end of the piece, the elements are thanked and dismissed one by one.


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Commissioned By: 
Youth Chorale of Central Minnesota
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Youth Chorale of Central Minnesota
Premiere Conductor: 
Garrett Lathe
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Valborgkoor - Zeist, The Netherlands (Árpád Schermann, conductor)
One Voice Mixed Chorus (Jane Ramseyer Miller, conductor)
Unity Choir, Unity Church-Unitarian, St. Paul, MN (Ruth Palmer, conductor)
Youth Chorale of Central Minnesota (Garrett Lathe, conductor)
Mounds Park Academy Concert Choir, Mounds Park, MN (John Habermann, conductor)
Global Harmony Chorus, Roseville, MN (Jennifer Anderson, conductor)

Text Author or Source: 
E. Jennings & Abbie Betinis

I call the power of the North,
the power to make,
rich Earth create!
Make me steady, strong, serene,
Make my body evergreen!

I call the power of the East,
the Air I take,
breathe, circulate,
Lift me high'r,
Fly, inspire!

I call the power of the South,
the power to grow,
Love, spark my soul,
Burn, crimson Fire,
Fill me with desire!

I call the power of the West,
the power to flow,
Dream Water, deeply know,
Help me move compassionately,
Blend in me!

Text © Abbie Betinis. This text is under copyright. You may print this text only in conjunction with a full performance of the piece (i.e. in a concert program).