The third movement from “For a Breath of Ectasy” is set for TTBB Chorus, oboe, and string quartet or piano. After a calm start, a rhythmic motive begins in the bass clef of the accompaniment during the introduction and intensifies as the singers enter with the first statement of the text. There is an instrumental interlude, a recap of the entire text, and a coda. he choral writing is approachable, often beginning in unison, moving to two part and then to four parts for the last phrase and cadence. Duration: 4:35 Oboe part included.

3. Who Gave My Soul to Me

I gave my first love laughter,
I gave my second tears,
I gave my third love silence
Through all the years.

My first love gave me singing,
My second eyes to see,
But oh, it was my third love
Who gave my soul to me.

Each of the movements of For a Breath of Ecstasy chronicles Teasdale’s search for solace amidst life’s many storms. The tapestry of different vocal forces set against the backdrop of Oboe and Strings reveals moments of yearning, love, joy, and peace. Vivid imagery portrays transcendent moments of solace that are revealed in an individual’s relationship to nature and in love. This work draws texts from Love Songs, the anthology of celebrated American poet, Sara Teasdale (18841933), and was commissioned to celebrate the centennial of her winning the first Pulitzer Prize in Poetry in 1918. -Michael John Trotta Duration: 30:27

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