A Worshipper and a Man

Instrumentation/Voicing: 
SSATBB a cappella

A vivid piece that allows a choir to explore the full breadth of dynamic range in one piece. The worshipper believes that the thunder and lightning is the voice of God. A simple man disagrees, saying that "the voice of God whispers in the heart so softly."

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Catalog Number: 
A Worshipper and a Man
Duration: 
5:15
Total Pages: 
12
Commissioned By: 
Commissioned by Choral Arts Ensemble of Rochester, MN, Michael Culloton, Artistic Director
Premiere
Premiere Date: 
03/04/2011
Premiere Ensemble: 
Rochester Choral Arts Ensemble and the Ames Chamber Artists
Premiere Conductor: 
Michael Culloton
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Text
Text Author or Source: 
Stephen Crane
Language: 
English
Text: 

The livid lightnings flashed in the clouds;
The leaden thunders crashed.
A worshipper raised his arm.
"Hearken! Hearken! The voice of God!"

"Not so," said a man.
"The voice of God whispers in the heart
So softly
That the soul pauses,
Making no noise,
And strives for these melodies,
Distant, sighing, like faintest breath,
And all the being is still to hear."