Endless

Instrumentation/Voicing: 
SATB div. choir, 2 violins, piano

I composed the song "Endless" for the Connecticut All State Mixed Choir in January of 2013. Even just following the holiday season, the theme of grief, tragedy and sudden loss were still on my mind. This poem spoke to me in a profound way and helped me put my feelings into a new perspective.

To quote the unknown poet: "And when something has enriched your life, and when its melody lingers on in your heart. Is it unfinished, or is it endless?"

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Order Sheet Music
Catalog Number: 
JH - C024
Duration: 
6:00
Total Pages: 
16
Commissioned By: 
Commissioned for the 2013 Connecticut All State Choir & Dedicated to the Connecticut Music Educators Association in honor of their 80th anniversary
Premiere
Premiere Date: 
04/04/2013
Premiere Ensemble: 
Connecticut All State Mixed Choir
Premiere Conductor: 
Patrick Walders
Performances: 

A further description of the work:

In order for the music to portray this text, I created my own version of a popular musical device to represent the word "endless": a harmonic sequence of chords. Similar to Pachelbel's Canon in D, this sequence is repeated over and over, creating an obstinate, first heard in the piano, then the violins, then finally the voices.

The two violins provide a supporting role and represent the dichotomy of life after a tragic event and how we deal with loss. One violin, playing melodic fragments, represents how different the world has become, while the other repeats one note over and over, depicting how, strangely, the world is still the same.

This piece of music is meant to be a meditation, and I invite you to even close your eyes as you listen.

Text
Text Author or Source: 
Anonymous
Language: 
English
Text: 

Do not judge a song by its duration
Nor by the number of its notes
Judge it by the richness of its contents
Sometimes those unfinished are among the most poignant…
Do not judge a song by its duration
Nor by the number of its notes
Judge it by the way it touches and lifts the soul
Sometimes those unfinished are among the most beautiful…
And when something has enriched your life
And when it’s melody lingers on in your heart.
Is it unfinished?
Or is it endless?