15.5 minutes

  • mixed choir with SATB soloists, minimum 12 voices total

This work was commissioned by The Crossing, Donald Nally, conductor, with funding from The Pew Center for the Arts & Heritage through the Philadelphia Music Project.

Excerpt from “Breath” from NEW SELECTED POEMS by Philip Levine

Who hears the humming,
of rocks at great height,
the long steady drone
of granite, holding together,
the strumming of obsidian
to itself?

complete poem