A Canticle of Blessing

SSAA, violin, chimes/bells/Tibetan Singing Bowls

This work for women's voices dramatically sets the beautiful and empowering text from St. Therese di Lisieux. Opening with alleluias, the connection with timelessness is immediately established, and the listener can imagine the life of this young nun, who lived at the end of the 19th century. Musically, antiphonal or processional possibilities abound with this beginning. As the text unfolds, each statement lyrically builds upon the previous one, moving to the dance-like setting of the last three lines. The solo violin both supports and presents expository material, and the bells add magic.

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Catalog Number: 
A Canticle of Blessing
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Commissioned By: 
Partners in Praise Girls Chorus, Julia Fahey, Artistic Director
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Premiere Ensemble: 
Partners in Praise Girls Chorus
Premiere Conductor: 
Julia Fahey, Artistic Director
Text Author or Source: 
St. Therese di Lisieux

May today there be peace within.
May you trust God that you are where you are meant to be.
May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith.
May you use those gifts that you have received,
and pass on the love that has been given to you.
May you be content knowing you are a child of God.
Let this presence settle into your bones, and allow your soul the
freedom to sing, dance, praise and love.
It is there for each and every one of us.