Quarto (280 x 215 mm). Electronically printed lyric text with autograph title and musical sketches in blue, pink, orange, and green ink. Signed and dated by composer at lower right corner.
Slightly worn; small tears to upper inner margins.
Far Past War premiered on 22 March 2020 at the Washington National Cathedral by the chorus and orchestra of the Cathedral Choral Society of Washington D.C. under Steven Fox.
“Composing for voice is a passion for me, and as a result the largest part of my catalogue is music for voice. The human voice — possibly the most subtle, complex, and fragile yet forceful carrier of musical ideas and meanings — has always been an inspiration for my musical thinking. I strive for craft, clarity, and passion. The carefully sculpted music and poems of Far Past War develop a labyrinth of musical interrelationships and connections that showcase the choir and musicians in a virtuosic display of their emotional palette, strength, clarity, and majesty. The opportunity to collaborate with my sister, Cammy Thomas, has been a highlight of my life. Music’s eternal quality is its capacity for transformation and renewal. Together, we have created a work that celebrates the unsurpassed power of nature, and its potential to move us toward peace.” augustareadthomas.com