Mind, Body, Soul At Prayer (ATBB)

Mind, Body, Soul At Prayer (2011) for Alto Solo and TBB Choir [3:00]
~ Poetry by Bee Caspers
~ Also available as a transcription for SSAA Choir or String Orchestra


Mind, Body, Soul At Prayer (ATBB): Sample
Program Notes: Bee Caspers’ poem entitled “Mind, Body, Soul At Prayer” was given to me by her husband, Don Caspers, who requested I set it to music after he heard one of my previous choir compositions. Inspired by Don’s love and admiration for his wife, and also by the succinct yet stirring words of the poem, I set about bringing Bee’s poetry to life through music. I envisioned rich harmonies in the low register to project the peaceful atmosphere of the poem, and I selected the unique instrumentation to represent the voice of the poet (the alto solo) and the strong support she had from her husband (the men’s chorus). The men’s chorus does not declaim all the words of the poem with the alto solo but instead provides an almost instrumental accompanimental texture, except at especially significant moments when all four voice parts render the text together. A descending stepwise figure which creates 4-3 suspensions with the bass voice permeates and unifies the work.

Mind, Body, Soul At Prayer
by Bee Caspers

May I be in Your presence, Lord.
To feel Your calm,
And be at peace.
To hear Your voice,
And claim Your message.
To know Your truth,
And live life abundantly!

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