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II. Storm's End

From As Time Stops To Rest (Song Cycle)

Composed by Amy Gordon Text by Susan Jordan Instrumenta*on: SSAATTBB Choir and Piano Dura*on: 3' 45''

2016-2017 © Amy Gordon | www.amygordonmusic.com


As Time Stops To Rest is a three-movement song cycle for SSAATTBB Choir and Piano, with featured Soprano and Tenor soloists. The cycle is dedicated to the composer's late aunt Susan Jordan. The works sets three poems from a larger set of poetry en*tled As Time Stops To Rest, also wriTen by Susan Jordan. The song cycle has an overall arch form of peace followed by tragedy and loss, ul*mately giving way to a final sense of peace. The second movement, Storm's End, opens with violent and flurried storm-like arpeggios in the piano, in stark contrast to the peaceful character of Two Friends. The Tenors and Basses open with a rigid imita*ve texture asser*ng how "the storm raged across the bliss field". The piano then mimics raindrops falling more and more violently before finally giving way to a calmer texture. AZer the "storm" has ended, the full choir enters in a mostly homophonic, hymn-like texture describing an overwhelming peace that some*mes follows aZer an intense tragedy or loss. The piece climaxes on the words "day" and "fire", alluding to the feeling of being in love with one's life despite (and perhaps because of) the pain and suffering one has endured. This song cycle would be suitable for an advanced high school, college, or professional choir. This movement may be performed as a stand-alone piece or as part of the full cycle.

Text II. STORM'S END And the storm raged across the bliss field As the moments of *me captured the wind And bent it, pretending it wouldn’t maTer The sky burned with day*me And overpowered the night As the birds flew higher Almost out of sight The quiet lingered in the wake Of the struggle ended When the pain had gone away And the child stood With tears in his eyes In love with the day And the wind that won In love with the fire Of the sun About the composer: Amy Gordon is an ac*ve composer, arranger, songwriter, and vocalist based in Los Angeles, CA. As a choral composer, she has worked with and been commissioned by numerous choirs, including being the composer-in-residence for Nova Vocal Ensemble. She has also scored numerous films and webcasts. She has a BA in Composi*on from Loyola Marymount University and an MM in Composi*on from California State University, Long Beach.


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