Love as a Child
Choral Music in the Twentieth Century says that Portland-based Kyr “…envisioned choral music as an intrinsic part of international peacemaking. At the end of the [twentieth] century, he wrote that ‘by performing and hearing music from around the world, [one is] taking an active part in promoting understanding’ and, ultimately, peace [among] the diverse peoples of humankind. As a communal art, choral music is an especially moving way to experience the unity of all people; it has the power to bring us together as peoples of all races, ethnicities, and nationalities.” Kyr and New York musician Laurie Monahan, who first performed the work, together adapted the well-known verses from 1 Corinthians 13 into this personal tribute to the parent/child bond.
SSA a cappella with major solo (mezzo range). An expressive soloist is a must for this challenging, rhythmically fluid work by Oregon-based composer Robert Kyr. The choir parts are largely homophonic, changing to vocalise under the soloist in alternating sections. I added bar lines to extended, unmeasured sections to make it easier for a large choir to deliver good word stress. The text is by Laurie Monahan, adapted by Robert Kyr, an adaptation of Corinthians 13.
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