Perhaps | SATB Chorus a cappella | 3.5'

Perhaps sets a text taken from the Artistic Director's Note of Choral Arts Initiative's April 2016 program.

 

CAI's conductor, Brandon Elliott, didn't originally intend for his program note to be set to music, but it struck me as a potentially perfect text for a new piece. His words beautifully capture what musicians express through our compositions and performances. "Perhaps we may live an answer or illuminate a story," he writes; "Perhaps we may not." The last sentence of the text quotes a line from Edna St. Vincent Millay's poem “To Kathleen."

 

Perhaps is dedicated to Brandon and Choral Arts Initiative in celebration of their 5th Season. This piece was composed in residence at Willapa Bay AiR. 

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text

 

In our lifetime, we will undoubtedly have so many questions left unanswered.

So many stories will be left untold.

Perhaps we may live an answer or illuminate a story.

Perhaps we may not.

So we turn to the security of constancy as dependable as the sea,

nature full of beauty and peace,

music that can teach and inspire.

Perhaps all we can do is seek comfort

in such things as flowers, and song, and you.

 

—Brandon Elliott

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