AUGUSTA READ THOMAS


!Hope

for SSSAA choir (2017)


Oblong folio (482 x 737 mm; 19″ x 29″). Executed in various bright colors on heavy ivory paper. Signed by composer at lower left corner.

In near-fine condition.

Premiered on 20 October 2017 by Wellesley College Chamber Singers under Lisa Graham. 

“An elegant, musical braid of the E. E. Cummings text between the five (SSSAA) equally important vocal parts starts very delicately on quiet and poetic perfect fifth. Gradually, across an 8-minute duration, the vocal colors and lyric imagery unfold with passionate energy to a radiant and intense climax.  This is followed by a peaceful, optimistic coda which brings !HOPE to a still, meditative culmination. Members of the Wellesley College Chamber Singers describe the song with these words: “reflective, grounded, ethereal, reminiscent, purposeful at how it takes its time to express the poem, suspension of time and place with a contrast of contraction and movement, glassy, fluid, and efflorescent.” augustareadthomas.com


Published by J & J Lubrano Music Antiquarians

J & J Lubrano Music Antiquarians was established in 1977 by John and Jude Lubrano. Since that time, the firm has come to be recognized as one of the leading international antiquarian dealers in the specialities of Music and Dance.

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