Trust [SATB choir] - SCORE
for SATB chorus a cappella
text by Robert Browning
music by E.K.R. Hammell
Commissioned by Luminos Ensemble (Charlottetown, PE, Canada). Margot Rejskind, artistic director. Premiered July 23rd, 2021.
- 29 May 2022 | Concreamus Chamber Choir, dir. Kai Leung | Toronto ON Canada
- TBA Oct 2022 | Luminos Ensemble, dir. Margot Rejskind | Charlottetown PE Canada
- TBA Oct 2022 | Luminos Ensemble, dir. Margot Rejskind | ALBUM RECORDING RELEASE
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Originally commissioned in early 2021 for spatially distanced choir by Prince Edward Island’s Luminos Ensemble on a text by Robert Browning (1812-1889), Trust is a piece about courage.
Setting an excerpt of Browning’s poem “Rabbi ben Ezra”, the piece explores the internal conflict that arises from trying to give meaning to suffering, an idea Browning was inspired to write about by the teachings of Jewish medieval scholar Abraham ibn Ezra (ca. 1092- ca. 1164).
The central question at stake in the poem is this: Why must we endure toil and strain? While the significance of the struggles we undertake is so often lost on us,
Browning argues for resilience, patience, and trust. Trust God. Trust the universe. Trust destiny. Whatever your beliefs, trust that your experiences will help illuminate the path forward.
This setting aims to elucidate Browning’s words in a way that provides encouragement — to literally bestow courage upon the listener, take their hand, and give them a gentle push into a reinvigorating, hopeful new chapter.
Rabbi ben Ezra (excerpt)
Robert Browning (1812-1889)
Grow old along with me!
The best is yet to be,
The last of life, for which the first was made:
Our times are in His hand
Who saith "A whole I planned,
Youth shows but half; trust God: see all, nor be afraid!"
Then, welcome each rebuff
That turns earth's smoothness rough,
Each sting that bids nor sit nor stand but go!
Be our joys three-parts pain!
Strive, and hold cheap the strain;
Learn, nor account the pang; dare, never grudge the throe!
Rejoice we are allied
To That which doth provide
And not partake, effect and not receive!
A spark disturbs our clod;
Nearer we hold of God
Who gives, than of His tribes that take, I must believe.
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