INVITATION TO MUSIC



Performed By: Northern Voices, Dr. Eric Johnson, conductor

Instrumentation:
SATB chorus, string quintet, string orchestra or piano

Text: "Sonnet" by Elizabeth Bishop

Duration: 5 minutes

Commissioned By:
The South Coast Chorale, Long Beach, CA - Bob Phibbs, conductor.

Premiere:
December 17, 1995 by The South Coast Chorale, Bob Phibbs, conductor, at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center, Long Beach, CA

Available From:
Oxford University Press, distributed by C.F. Peters and Goodmusic Publishing

Composer's Notes:
I composed Invitation to Music in response to a commission from the South Coast Chorale in Long Beach, California. Bob Phibbs, director of the Chorale, and I had had many conversations about the healing power of music and the extraordinary beauty that listening deeply and thoughtfully brings to one. When I came across Elizabeth Bishop's poem "Sonnet", it immediately resonated with me and I knew it was the poem to set for Bob's chorus. This lovely poem expresses itself simply and profoundly, and somehow captures music's infinite generosity and kindness to all of us -- its humble partakers.

— Libby Larsen
 
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