Reconciliation (2016) 3'

For tenor and piano. 

Premiered in Field Concert Hall, 10/26/16. Self-published (Morningside Press, ASCAP).

Reconciliation, from Leaves of Grass 

WORD over all, beautiful as the sky!

Beautiful that war, and all its deeds of carnage, must in
time be utterly lost;

That the hands of the sisters Death and Night, incessantly
softly wash again, and ever again, this soil'd world:

…For my enemy is dead—a man divine as myself is dead;

I look where he lies, white-faced and still, in the coffin—I
draw near;

I bend down and touch lightly with my lips the white face
in the coffin.

 

- Walt Whitman

 

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From "The Battle of Atlanta," a cyclorama painting

From "The Battle of Atlanta," a cyclorama painting

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