SSAA choir unaccompanied - Late Intermediate
Composed by Steven Sametz (1954-). Wedding, 21st Century, Devotion, Love. Octavo. Duration 2 minutes, 30 seconds. E.C. Schirmer Publishing #7351. Published by E.C. Schirmer Publishing (EC.7351).
Item Number: EC.7351
ISBN 600313473517. Spanish.
Set to the poetry of the 16th-century Spanish Carmelite priest, San Juan de la Cruz (St. John of the Cross,) this piece (and its companion, 7350) can appear to be a secular love song. But it is actually religious allegory in which the Soul is singing to God. He is strong and magnificent as a mountain; comforting as the cool, shady woods; filled with unexpected delights like an exotic island; possesses her powerfully like a roaring river; thrills her with a touch like a breeze on the skin; fills her and satisfies her like a delicious meal; opens her eyes to the unexpected, like the dawn. As they rest together in the tranquil night, the soul delights in these feelings like being filled with glorious music that can truly be heard only in silence. In that moment, we are given a luxurious silence, surrounded by gorgeous music, in which we, too, may simply breathe, delight and rest in the presence of Love.