A Choral Suite "The Waters of Prayer"

 for Female Chorus, a cappella

合唱組曲「The Waters of Prayer」

 女声合唱(無伴奏)

Text by Vassar Miller (1924-1998)

 Miller, Vassar. If I Had Wheels or Love. Dallas: Southern Methodist University Press, 1991.

作詞 ヴァッサー・ミラー

Music by Kentaro Sato (Ken-P)

作曲 佐藤賢太郎(Ken-P)

Choral Score SSAA (合唱譜)

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click to play audio/ クリックして再生

 1. Heritage

 2. Renewal

 3. Prayer upon Waking

 4. Invitation

YouTube Video List

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Text/歌詞

English Text / 英語

1. Heritage

I wake up early,
the day spread out before me, blank, like a sheet of paper,
and I have nothing to write but your name.

I wake up early.
The humid air around me is a listening ear,
and I have nothing to say but your name.

 

2. Renewal

I, like a stone, kneel while the waters of prayer wash over me.
I freeze against Thy whiteness.
Once more, myself, I feed upon Thy manna of the minutes.

 

3. Prayer upon Waking

Give me, my God, this day, the simple human grace and
fortitude to face my loneliness.

I, like a stone, kneel while the waters of prayer wash over me.
I freeze against Thy whiteness.

Give me, my God, this day, the simple human grace and
fortitude to face my loneliness.

 

4. Invitation

Here is the land
where children feel snows that never freeze,
where a star’s the reflection of a baby’s eyes,
where both wise men and shepherds measure all Heaven
no smaller nor larger than He is.

Come near the cradle
where the Light on hay reposes,
where hands may touch the Word—

©1991 Vassar Miller
The permission to use the texts is granted by Southern Methodist University Press. The original texts have been modified for use in the music.
     Special Thanks to Dr. Robert Zaslavsky for his scholarly advice.

Program Note / プログラムノート

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about the Commission and the Premiere

 The work was commissioned by the Vocal Ensemble Kerkrade. It was premiered by the ensemble on December 22, 2012, in Kerkrade, the Netherlands.

委嘱・初演に関して

 本楽曲は、Vocal Ensemble Kerkrade(ケークラーデ、オランダ)による委嘱作品です。初演は2012年12月22日に行なわれました。