I Am in Need of Music

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A serene reflection on the healing wonder of music. Level: Advanced. For SATB chorus, oboe, horn and strings; or for SATB and piano.



Kallman Creates Publications, Composer Daniel Kallman Kallman Creates Publications

SATB chorus, oboe, horn and strings; or for SATB and piano. Duration: 14’00”

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Composer’s Notes

Commissioned by Fort Dodge Choral Society, Fort Dodge, Iowa, in honor of 50 years of bringing great music to life, and dedicated to Conductor Bruce Perry to celebrate 25 years of making music together.

St. Olaf Lutheran Church, Fort Dodge, Iowa

I am in need of music that would flow
Over my fretful, feeling fingertips,
Over my bitter-tainted, trembling lips,
With melody, deep, clear, and liquid-slow.
Oh, for the healing swaying, old and low,
Of some song sung to rest the tired dead,
A song to fall like water on my head,
And over quivering limbs, dream flushed to glow!

There is a magic made by melody:
A spell of rest, and quiet breath, and cool
Heart, that sinks through fading colors deep
To the subaqueous stillness of the sea,
And floats forever in a moon-green pool,
Held in the arms of rhythm and of sleep.

— Elizabeth Bishop

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