Be Grateful, My Soul

Instrumentation/Voicing: 
SSSAA a cappella

A canonic setting of minister Norbert Čapek’s final letter from prison before his execution by the Gestapo, "Be Grateful My Soul" is a sweeping and lyrical testament to life’s worth and beauty, even when shrouded in darkness.

The five voice parts in this prayerful song have identical ranges, with a lower tessitura in the alto parts.

Audio: 

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Order Sheet Music
Catalog Number: 
SEA-096-00
Duration: 
3:00
Performances: 

Voiceprint, National Conference of Unitarian Universalist Musicians Network, Madison, WI

Text
Text Author or Source: 
Norbert Čapek
Language: 
English
Text: 

Even though a thousand times disappointed
and fallen in the fight,
even thought faced with a world which now seems worthless,
I have lived amidst eternity.
Be grateful, my soul,
Be grateful, my soul,
I have lived amidst eternity.

Excerpt from poem, letter by Norbert Čapek, March 31, 1942.
Reprinted by permission of Ron Frederick. All rights reserved.