Into the Silent Darkness

SATB, violin, piano

This atmospheric work praises the mystery that is creation, embracing the fear and faith arising from this awe. Unfolding slowly, this unforgettable meditation culminates in cascades of whispered alleluias, echoed hauntingly by the violin.


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Joyce and Richard S. Gilbert. Rochester, NY

Unity Singers; Ruth Palmer, conductor. Saint Paul, MN

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Richard S. Gilbert

"Into the Silent Darkness"
Poem by Richard S. Gilbert
Lyric adapted by composer Elizabeth Alexander

The Beyond from which we come
Is hidden in dark moist mysteries of primeval mud
And the silence between the stars,
Dwells in the recesses of the soul,
Beckons us into a wilderness,
Reveals itself at its own bidding.
From its vast complexity
Arises simple ecstasy.

We go forth in fear and faith,
Knowing not what we will find -
We sing our alleluias into the silent darkness,
To the Beyond from which we come.

Original text © by Richard S. Gilbert.
Adapted text © 2010 by Elizabeth Alexander, for use in musical setting only.