Ancient Souls (orchestra version)

SATB div., orchestra

For large chorus and orchestra, this work is a plea for human tolerance and inclusivity.

Program Note

Ancient Souls was commissioned by the American Guild of Organists for the 2000 National Convention.  The text, by Seattle poet Molly McGee, is a plea for human tolerance and inclusivity. The orchestra version was commissioned in 2018 by the Mid-Columbia Symphony and Mastersingers.

Text

The soul is an ancient town
where saints once walked, the vaulted
roofs resounded with mercy’s
alchemy, God’s inclusive voice.
Then the walls became high
with indifference. We were complex,
concordance in pantomime.
The squalid currency of fear
was passed from mind to mind
and our regrets, nocturnal,
assembled in silence.

Now, oh God, let your towering song be released.
Let compassion’s hymn wake the town;
liberate the simple fountains
and the luminous bells of grace.

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