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Apollo's Lyre | STACY GARROP • COMPOSER

Apollo's Lyre


The commissioners have exclusive performing rights until Nov. 10, 2022 and exclusive commercial recording rights until Nov. 10, 2023.


DURATION
5’35”

INSTRUMENTATION
SATB (div.), fl, ob, hp, string quartet

POET
Jerre Dye

AUDIO
The Apollo Chorus of Chicago
Stephen Alltop, Music Director and Conductor
Cody Michael Bradley, Assistant Conductor
Andrew Major, Assistant Conductor


YEAR COMPOSED

2021

COMMISSIONER
Commissioned in honor of the 150th Anniversary Season of the Apollo Chorus of Chicago, 2021-2022.

TEXT
A city turns.
A city burns.
A city lost.
A city tossed. 
A city weeps.
A city screams.
A city hopes.
A city dreams.
Spring and Fall and rail and rust. 
The silent city watches us
Day and night, night and day,
solemn, statuesque and gray.
 
Time
on time 
on time cascading,
seasons glittering and fading
time
on time 
on time cascading,
Somber sentinels keep gazing 
down upon us, quietly–
marble, stone and gravity.  
 
Apollo’s arrow, Apollo’s lyre.
Plagues and healing in time’s fire.
Apollo’s arrow, Apollo’s lyre.
We long for healing in time’s fire.
We’re burning, burning, burning
 
We’re left with ash.
We have all been here before.
We’re waves remembering the shore.
Time
on time
We have all been here before
on time cascading,
seasons glittering and fading
We’re waves returning to the shore.
 
Finally… 
a simple thing.
Our city sees us gathering
side by side,
neighbor, friend.
Something shining, once again.

We turn.
We burn.
We are lost and tossed
We weep. 
We scream.
We hope.
We dream.

A plague reveals Apollo’s lyre.
We gather, healing in time’s fire.
A plague reveals Apollo’s lyre.
We gather, healing in time’s fire.
 
We gather,
we’re gathering, 
We’re rebuilding from the ashes.