FLOWER, THE


Listen: The Flower

Performed By: William Sharp, baritone; Thomas Goeman, piano

Instrumentation:
Baritone, piano

Text: George Herbert

Duration: 4 minutes 30 seconds

Commissioned By:
To Greg Funfgeld and the Bach Choir of Bethlehem on the occasion of Greg Funfgelds 25th Anniversary as the choirs Artistic Director and Conductor

Premiere:
May 1, 2009 by William Sharp, baritone, and Thomas Goeman, piano

Available From:
Libby Larsen Publishing

Composer's Notes:
Happy Anniversary, Greg. This song is for you, the Master Gardener of the Bach Choir of Bethlehem. Greg—who knows that every note is a seed, every singer a gardener, every choir a garden, and every piece of music a glorious array of harmonious blooms. Greg—whose faith in music is the utterance of our abstract, essential human emotions. Greg—who stands in that sublime moment of silence and anticipation, just before the music begins, knowing that music transforms the mundane, domestic air of our daily lives into cathedrals of joy in the fact that we are alive. Wishing you a Happy Anniversary and a long life filled with music.

Love,

— Libby Larsen