Completing the Circle | SATB, SSAA, or TTBB Chorus a cappella | 4'
Though Barbara Crooker describes a modern Christmas in her text for Completing the Circle, there is a timeless, even ancient sense of ritual in the way she depicts the season of Advent: “gathering branches / of green pine... / making rings of fire / in wax and wood.” The memory of Christmases past can be bittersweet, too, and Crooker alludes to this in the darkness that winter brings: “days of grey / and iron nights.”
Ultimately, though, memories offer us a link to the past as well as a comfort that can be felt even in the darkest nights of winter. Christmas carols, I think, do exactly the same thing.
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Completing the Circle is dedicated with gratitude to the participating choruses of the Christmas Past, Christmas Future! Carol Consortium, who co-commissioned this piece along with Glorious, Glorious. While Completing the Circle sets a modern text that recalls nostalgic memories of Christmas, Glorious, Glorious sets a classic text that looks ahead to a bright future.
with the women, waiting,
of green pine
in the dead of the year,
making rings of fire
in wax and wood,
completing the circle
with calls and cards,
wreathing the children
in cinnamon and chocolate,
stringing berries and corn,
quilting them tightly,
with the days of grey
and iron nights.
Acalanes High School Choirs | Bruce Lengacher
Acappellago | Dennis Smith
Ars Musica Chorale | Dusty Francis
Baltimore Choral Arts Society | Tom Hall
Cane Bay High School Choirs | William Bennett
Choral Arts Ensemble | Rick Kvam
College of DuPage Chamber Singers | Lee Kesselman
Flower Mound High School Choirs | Mark Rohwer
Harmonium Choral Society | Anne Matlack
The Heritage Chorale | Barry Sawyer
Hollywood Master Chorale | Lauren Buckley Schaer
Macalester Concert Choir | Michael McGaghie
Nova Vocal Ensemble | Jonathan Bautista
Singers in Accord Choral Ensemble
Syracuse Vocal Ensemble
University of Southern California Chamber Singers | Jo-Michael Scheibe