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Breath | STACY GARROP • COMPOSER

Breath


The commissioners have exclusive performing rights until Oct. 10, 2023 and exclusive commercial recording rights until two years after its first performance.

DURATION
5’10”

INSTRUMENTATION
SATB (div.) a cappella

POET
Jerre Dye

YEAR COMPOSED

2022

COMMISSIONER
Commissioned by the William Baker Choral Foundation for the inaugural performance of Vox Venti (Ed Frazier Davis, Artistic Director)

TEXT
Breath of life, 
a wind, 
a breeze,  
the leaves begin to stir around me,
gathering, scampering,
dancing, as if on a string, 
to bring me back a memory... 
the tenderness that I recall, 
just before we lost it all. 
Currents drift me deeper and deeper.
 
The wind that finds me
now reminds me 
it was once a mighty storm 
that toppled trees, 
thrashed at seas 
and brought the mountains
to their knees 
in sudden, violent supplication, 
passion, beauty, devastation.
Breaking all there was to break 
with nothing standing in its wake,
subsiding 
to 

sigh.
 
And now that same wind gently speaks, 
mild and meek 
to kiss my cheek 
and send me softly on my way 
as everything 
comes spiraling,  
conspiring, 
untiring,
to whisper faintly in my ear:
"You survived the storm. 
You're still here."
 
Breath of life,
a wind, 
a breeze,  
the leaves take all away from me,
drifting, gliding, tumbling onward 
and I take 
a long, 
deep 
breath. 
 
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