Chapel Music

Five diverse songs for chorus and orchestra

For chorus and orchestra
Vocal Music
Text by George Herbert, St. John of the Cross, Henry David Thoreau, William Butler Yeats and the Bible
Composed for the Alice Millar Chapel, Northwestern University, and the Alice Millar Chapel Choir and Northwestern Symphony Orchestra
commissioned by Northwestern University for the 50th Anniversary Birthday Celebration Concert
February, 9th 2014
The Alice Millar Chapel, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois
Alice Millar Chapel Choir University Singers Bienen Contemporary/Early Vocal Ensemble Millar Brass Ensemble Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra Dr. Stephen Alltop - Music Director and Conductor
Schott Helicon
  • I Alleluia Cantate Domino Psalm 149.1
  • II King of Glory Herbert
  • III Noche Oscura Del Alma (Dark Night of the Soul) St. John of the Cross
  • IV Smoke Thoreau
  • V The Everlasting Voices Yeats
  • Program Notes

    I have long been drawn to music’s timeless and universal qualities and my work attempts to engage those deeply felt human impulses embraced in the words of Henry David Thoreau: ‘When I hear music, I fear no danger, I am invulnerable, I see no foe, I am related to the earliest times, and to the last.’

    Throughout my life, poetry and poetic images have nourished, propelled, and stimulated my musical imagination. I am also reminded of composer Béla Bartók’s remark that, ‘as a man grows more mature, it seems that he has a greater longing to be more economical with his means, in order to achieve simplicity.’

    – Joseph Schwantner