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365 (from Absalom)

By Daniel Elder

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Choir, SATB - Intermediate - Digital Download
Composed by Daniel Elder. 21st Century, Contemporary Classical, Modern. Octavo. 20 pages. Published by Daniel Elder (S0.674809).

Item Number: S0.674809

It is undeniable that we humans are, as a species, outgrowing our small planet. As populations boom and technologies diversify, we are increasingly unable to run away from our problems. As a result, violence in civilized society is increasing at an alarming rate. How do we combat those that do harm to others, and more importantly, how do we convince our race as a whole that the problem cannot long be ignored? This original poem and its musical setting seek to pay tribute to the victims of gun violence in the modern United States, specifically those targeted, directly or indirectly, in mass public incidents. In an age where it seems a new tragedy has occurred somewhere every day, this work is titled "365" to represent each day of the year. The poem is structured in seven stanzas for the days of the week, and there are twelve iterations of "Three hundred and sixty-five" for the twelve months in the year. The final, introspective stanza parallels the poignant Christian story of Christ's crucifixion at the hands of his brethren, and lends a darker side of thought with the chosen grouping of words (read either "no more; God forgive us" or "no more God; forgive us"). It also acknowledges that those most resistant to discussing this subject are often of the Christian sect itself. This text humbly seeks to draw attention to what exactly is happening among us, among our neighbors, our governors, and our legislators, and the importance of addressing this ever-growing crisis in our society.

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