After the Storm Passes | SATB Chorus & Soloists | 4'
After the Storm Passes sets a text by Barbara Crooker and depicts, with various twists and turns, a tumultuous journey on the wind following the rain.
This piece was commissioned and premiered by The Esoterics, Eric Banks, conductor and was begun in residence at Copland House, Cortlandt Manor, New York, as a recipient of the Copland House Residency Award.
AFTER THE STORM
passes, the wind rinses the sky to aquamarine.
In this clean new light, the corn is polished,
carved of jade, leaves of beryl, viridian;
the gold of the wheatfields, stripes of beaten ore.
Under this great glass eye
we stand, on the rim of summer,
the bones of winter under our feet,
washed again in this bright loud light.