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CoverWithin the Circles of Our LIves [level: Medium]
Giselle Wyers: Bio and other works | Giselle Wyers Choral Series
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voicing: SSATB | catalog number: SBMP 1395 | duration: 4:25 | price: $2.05
accompaniment: a cappella


The profound text by Wendell Berry offers some possibilities for choirs wishing to add a bit of staging to their performance. The composer, reflecting on the text, uses ascending intervals of the fifth, sixth, and fourth as motives symbolic of a circle. At the conclusion, the sopranos having been together throughout, now divide into two parts, echoing each other to add to the drama of the ending. This is a cleverly constructed composition that will delight singers as they bring it to life.


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Within the circles of our lives
we dance the circles of the years,
the circles of the seasons
within the circles of the years,
the cycles of the moon
within the circles of the seasons,
the circles of our reasons
within the cycles of the moon.

Again, again we come and go,
changed, changing. Hands
join, unjoin in love and fear,
grief and joy. The circles turn,
each giving into each, into all.

Only music keeps us here,
each by all the others held.
In the hold of hands and eyes
we turn in pairs, that joining
joining each to all again.

And then we turn aside, alone,
out of the sunlight gone

into the darker circles of return.


by Wendell Berry


University of Washington Anacrusis - Giselle Wyers, conductor [© all rights reserved]
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