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Behold the All, By Singing

 

(SATB, cello) 17'45" Kallman Creates Publications

 

A four movement setting of Herb Brokering's affirming text, an ecstatic outburst on the beauty and mystery of life, creation, faith and salvation. Level: Advanced.

 

 

Listen: Movement I (mp3, 2.4 MB, 2'30"; The National Lutheran Choir, David Cherwien conducting)

 

Listen: Movement II (mp3, 4.9 MB, 5'00"; The National Lutheran Choir, David Cherwien conducting)

 

Listen: Movement III (mp3, 4.8 MB, 5'00"; The National Lutheran Choir, David Cherwien conducting)

 

Listen: Movement IV (mp3, 5.1 MB, 5'15"; The National Lutheran Choir, David Cherwien conducting)

 

 

View PDF

 

 

Vocal Score (with piano reduction): $8.50 Add to Cart

 

Cello Part: $10.00 Add to Cart

 

 

Program Notes from premiere performance, April 24, 2010:

I met Herb Brokering in the mid-nineties through our mutual friend Jerry Evenrud who asked us to compose a hymn together for Minneapolis Central Lutheran's 75th year celebration. I quickly came to cherish Herb's creative gifts as a writer and his uniquely vibrant, spontaneous spirit as a collaborative artist and friend. Since then, we have worked together on two other hymns, an anthem for worship, and a musical on the theme of the parable of the prodigal son, entitled The Way Home.

 

Shortly after I visited Herb in hospice last fall, I contacted him to ask if he had any existing texts on the theme of "singing" which might be appropriate for the commission I had been offered by the National Lutheran Choir. When he passed away only two weeks later, I assumed that he had been unable to look through any of his poems in the time he had remaining. Imagine my astonishment when his daughter called to say that he had indeed written a text specifically for the commission, an extended and ecstatic outburst on the beauty and mystery of life, creation, faith and salvation. It is quite unlike anything else of Herb's that I know - a magnificent capstone to his body of work and a gift to us all. The fact that he was facing his own death when creating this poem adds even greater meaning and poignancy to the hearing of it.

 

While composing the music, I have tried to enhance the uplifting nature of Herb's thoughts. My choice of cello as the accompanying instrument seemed obvious in that it is often thought of as the instrument that "sings". The soprano solos interspersed throughout are often representative of the mystery of God, while at other times they express the beauty and innocence of children.

 

 

 

 

Behold the All, By Singing (excerpt used for this musical setting)

by Herbert Brokering

 

(Entire text is found at the bottom of this page.)

 

I

Behold, behold
Behold, by light a filament of life is formed
Behold, by night the darkness of nothingness is dancing
Behold, the power
By power the rhythm of unlikeliness is leaping
Behold, the marvel, the majesty of infinity
Adoring


II

 

Be as children
Graciously given
Arrows in a quiver
Turn and become
Be in fullness
With a ringing rhyme
By the mercy of song
By the beauty of sound
By the unity of singing
In the beginning was the Voice, the Word, with God, was God
Extolling

 

III

 

Do you hear what these are singing?
Have you not heard
O infants, out of the mouth of nursing babes
You have prepared the laud of praise?
Your right hand established might beneath your foes
To still the unknown night, to silence the avenger’s vow
With the quiet of one crowning sound
With the willow’s whistle
A lark’s long, high trill
With mouthed words
Of humming bees
With preening birds
In love’s warm breeze
O light of laughter
Lift in perfect peace
O night of silence
Lilt over death or distance
To be given forth
Felt in a song
In quiet
Whispered
Sound

 

IV

 

So sing
Fold the unfurling hand as song, as sound, as singing
Resound in the beauty of rebirth
In the purity of humanity hallows the melody of living
For to such belongs the Kingdom of Heaven
Truly, I say to you
Receive the wonder like a child and enter
In these arms where you are blessed
Under these hands your heavy heart will find rest
Be blessed, be blessing, be —

 

Copyright © 2009 Herbert Brokering

 

 

 

Behold the All, By Singing (entire text)

by Herbert Brokering

 

 

I. Behold, By Sound

 

Behold, behold
Behold, by light a filament of life is formed
Behold, by night the darkness of nothingness is dancing
Behold, the power
By power the rhythm of unlikeliness is leaping
Behold, the marvel, the majesty of infinity
Adoring

 

Be as children
Graciously given
Arrows in a quiver
Turn and become
Be in fullness
With a ringing rhyme
By the mercy of song
By the beauty of sound
By the unity of singing
In the beginning was the Voice, the Word, with God, was God
Extolling

 

Behold, the bell, the mastery of fragility now heard
When mights, when thrones, rejoice in melodies to hearten
Behold, the color, the Word made memory, to dwell among us
By vibrancy love holds potency to clothe and comfort lowly frailness
And time is held upon the precious earth to be
Unfolded as a mortal measure of eternity

 

Go forth from me
The All of all creation
Heat of heat
Light of light
Ash to ash
With dusty, curving arms amass your heav’nly constellation
Diffuse in great expansion, in contraction, illumination
Be seen incandescence, in florescence, in lighting
Ev’ry stream of particle or wave, now be, alight
In sound, in singing, singing, singing
All missing mass, all universe unseen
Forever is and shall be
Be-hold! Be-hold!

 


II. Behold, By Song

 

Do you hear what these are singing?
Have you not heard
O infants, out of the mouth of nursing babes
You have prepared the laud of praise?
Your right hand established might beneath your foes
To still the unknown night, to silence the avenger’s vow
With the quiet of one crowning sound
With the willow’s whistle
A lark’s long, high trill
With mouthed words
Of humming bees
With preening birds
In love’s warm breeze
O light of laughter
Lift in perfect peace
O night of silence
Lilt over death or distance
To be given forth
Felt in a song
In quiet
Whispered
Sound

 

So sing!
Rise up, ye angelic throng
All knowledge rise up in childhood
All wisdom bear out the gentle age of Word ne’er void
All greatness bow low to the verse of foaming sea
Where lies a discovery within reach of thee
To still the storm or walk upon the substance of dark mystery
All mountains, hills, all understanding lay before you
A spring of water welling up
A heart rushing out a roaring river

 

So sing
Fold the unfurling hand as song, as sound, as singing
Resound in the beauty of rebirth
In the purity of humanity hallows the melody of living
For to such belongs the Kingdom of Heaven
Truly, I say to you
Receive the wonder like a child and enter
In these arms where you are blessed
Under these hands your heavy heart will find rest
Be blessed, be blessing, be —

[Solo voices:]

 

Behold,
When you remember me
Think of winter wheat
A hand filled with pouring seed
A balmy breeze
Autumn leaves
A smile
A twig
A forest of new trees
A ray of hope
A sudden change
And always more
Like water waving to the shore
The budding green of
Melting spring

 

Behold the stars
The hurt, when you’re in pain
Think then of these
Think of a trickling stream
The pleasure of the gurgling
Running free in summer rain
The rhapsody of childhood twirling
Then let your whole soul sing
And fully feel God’s gift of now
Feel the joy of memory
Hear with deep beholding
Remember our good talks
Your faith
How much I love you
When you wonder, in your longing
Remember
All is ever new
Remember then, God is singing
The song is me
In you
In All
In the morning
In the quiet of the dew

 

 

III. Behold, By Singing

 

Behold, by water
Without color, odor, void of taste
Yet filled with luster, rich in life, treasure, grace
Behold, by gravity of will upon the rock
The sharpness of a moonlit way now melting
The sheen of a brilliant sunlight ray, how entrancing
Behold, the cup, the drink, the thirst now gone
Behold, the shimmer, the vibration of eternal throng
Inside of me
One drop
One whole
One healing pool
The one infinity
The deepest mirror of them all
We hold inside to clearly see

 

Behold, the All
Almighty of all life
Holding, singing, feeling, breathing
There behold the face as then the glass
A radiant rhythm of quiet rumination
The perfection of all trial or tribulation
Upholds our world within all worlds
Is this not a marvel moving in the midst of all force and flesh?

 

To behold is yet a resting place for all
Who cry, who come
Who weeping draw life from the fountain
For death will pardon water washing through
As we are all
In suff’ring given so unto
Lifted arms as warriors singing
Nations filled, be full, fulfilling
In our departing as in the beginning
Have ears to hear your song is ringing, ringing
A universe of one is singing, singing
Then let the still in me behold, behold

 

Behold, the All
By water Word made flesh, by wave, by thrill of sound
I too may perfect be, by love, beloved
By sound, by song
By singing, by singing, by singing, by singing!

 


Copyright © 2009 Herbert Brokering