Blessed Be the Flower That Triumphs (SATB a cappella)

Instrumentation/Voicing: 
SATB a cappella

A meditation on the true meaning of resurrection: that which returns to prevail despite persecution or death. Michael deVernon Boblett's poem pays homage to a small but tenacious wildflower, offering a dialogue between the grand and the humble, the temporal and the enduring.

This warm and richly contrapuntal setting is available as a 5-minute a cappella piece, or as an 8-minute work for chorus and orchestra.

Winner of the Athena Festival Almquist Award.

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Catalog Number: 
SEA-078-00
Duration: 
5:00
Commissioned By: 
Bethlehem Lutheran Church of Minneapolis, MN
Premiere
Premiere Conductor: 
Bradley Almquist
Awards: 

Winner, Athena Festival Almquist Award

Performances: 

Murray State University Concert Choir; Bradley Almquist,, conductor. Athena Music Festival, Murray, KY
Concordia University Choir; David Mennicke, conductor. Minnesota High School Choral Festival, Minneapolis, MN

Text
Text Author or Source: 
Michael deVernon Boblett
Language: 
English
Text: 

"Blessed Be the Flower That Triumphs"
Poem by Michael deVernon Boblett
Adapted by composer Elizabeth Alexander

Blessed be the flower that triumphs
Over snows, over thorns, over withered stems,
Over windswept mountains, over deserts cruel and dry.
Blessed be the flower that triumphs.

Blessed be the flower that triumphs
Over wars, over change, over centuries,
Over barbed wire fences, over soldiers' heavy feet.
Blessed be the flower that triumphs.

Blessed be the flower that triumphs
Over well-meaning hands bent on gathering.
Over small closed rooms, with their vases hard and cold.
Blessed be the flower that triumphs.

Blessed be the flower that triumphs
Over vain words of priests and of poets pens
And attempts to domesticate its wild, wild Truth.
Blessed be the flower that triumphs.

Blessed be the flower that triumphs
Over past, over death, over silences,
Enduring beyond iron and tears and severed roots,
And restoring to all things a joyful smallness.
Blessed be the flower that triumphs at last.

© 2007 by Michael deVernon Boblett. Used by permission of the author. All rights reserved.