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I Live My Life in Growing Orbits

This composition was commissioned by The Chequamegon Area Choir, Washburn, WI, and premiered on April 9, 1994.
Dedication: Lucy Culver, Lois Franson, Lester Fry, Ragna Holman, Carol Janicek, Wentworth Quast, Thelma Weber, and all who contribute to the life of The Chequamegon Area Choir, in the past, during the present, and into the future.

I was given this poem by one of the choir members, and was inspired by its depth and grandeur.  To be honest, the music wrote itself; I was just along for the ride.  This is a great concert closer, which was the case for the Thomas Circle Singers, who were so kind to share their magnificent recording.

I Live My Life in Growing Orbits

I live my life in growing orbits,
which move out over the things of the world.
Perhaps I can never achieve the last,
but that will be my attempt.

I am circling around God, around the ancient tower,
and I have been circling for a thousand years,
and I still don't know if I am a falcon, or a storm,
or a great song.

RAINER MARIA RILKE (translated by Robert Bly)
Used with permission by Harper Collins Publisher.

There Is No Rose of Such Virtue

This piece is based on the anonymous Fifteenth-Century poem: “There is no rose of such virtue, As is the rose that bare Jesu. Alleluia.”

Beautiful, melodic phrases are complimented by an expressive piano part.  Each verse closes with the original Latin.  Creative harmonic structure smoothly transitions between A Flat Major and E Major, adding emphasis to the final text: "Transeamus, and be transformed."

The piano accompaniment tastefully supports the tender vocal lines, creating a beautiful choral moment for any Christmas concert. This piece is not difficult to learn, so it can be used by any group from high school through adult.

Many thanks to Wayne Kivell for the recording by his ensemble 'Le Donne' from Northfield, MN.  Be sure to check out his website: iCantanti Choirs


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