Relinquishment | SATB Chorus with divisi | 4'
Relinquishment is a movement from secular requiem How to Go On. This movement sets poet Laura Foley's meditation on accepting loss.
Composed for the versatile singers of Choral Arts Initiative, How to Go On ultimately finds beauty and release in the embrace of everyday life.
I am looking at pale blue ponds of melted ice
on a frozen river
and in them perfect clouds passing.
Wind sends ripples along the water
and trees cut sharp lines into the sky. Soon
it will be gone, all of it
and I will be sitting in darkness,
sitting by a dark window, glad
for having seen this earth,
her elegant grace,
how she turns away from the sun.
And I will be learning, again,
how to give it all up by simply turning.
How to give it up to darkness, all you love. All of it.
How to give it up again and again.