Performed By: Choir of King's College, Cambridge, Stephen Cleobury, conductor

SATB a cappella chorus

Text: Rainer Marie Rilke

Duration: 4 minutes 30 seconds

Commissioned By:
Plymouth Music Series, for the 500th Anniversary tour of the Kings College Choir, Cambridge, England

Available From:
ECS Publishing, distributed by Canticle Distributing

Composer's Notes:
There is nothing more mystical than the voice raised in free expression. Now, more than at any time in my life, I feel the importance of this. "How it Thrills Us," Rainer Marie Rilke's poem, speaks of the 'cry,'  "any cry that was always there." Today, there are many, many cries around us, always there. Only some are human.
Where are we?

— Libby Larsen, 1990
The recording is an excerpt of the performance included on the EMI Classics CD Bernstein: Chichester Psalms; Copland: In the Beginning.  Recording courtesy of EMI Classics (

Additional Information:
Recordings available: HOW IT THRILLS US Choir of King's College, Cambridge Stephen Cleobury, director EMI Classics American Choral Music, CDC 7 54188 2 D 567 F PM 518 HOW IT THRILLS US "Contemporary Anthology of Music by Women" James Briscoe Indiana University Press Companion CD

Score Errata:
Measure 112, soprano II, beat 3, add downward stem to C half note and join soprano I line at beat 3. Measure 113, soprani, tutti unison.