I am in Need of Music

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This is a reworking of a piece Smith wrote originally for the Vancouver Men’s Chorus and string quartet. In its new form, there is a solo melody and the voices of the choir replace the string quartet in a sombre and inspiring work. Commissioned for Suzie LeBlanc and Stephen Smith with a generous gift from Elisabeth and David Finch

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I am in need of music that would flow Over my fretful, feeling fingertips,
Over my bitter-tainted, trembling lips, With melody, deep, clear, and liquid-slow. Oh, for the healing swaying, old and low, Of some song sung to rest the tired dead, A song to fall like water on my head,

And over quivering limbs, dream flushed to glow!

There is a magic made by melody:
A spell of rest, and quiet breath, and cool Heart, that sinks through fading colors deep To the subaqueous stillness of the sea, And floats forever in a moon-green pool, Held in the arms of rhythm and of sleep.

Poem by Elizabeth Bishop