I Celebrate Life (SSA)


Instrumentation: SA (SSA Divisi) Choir & Piano

Duration: 2:30

From Light Cycle 
I. Light Up (3:00)
II. I Celebrate Life (2:30)

Commissioned by: Jennifer Gaderlund & The Graham Middle School Choirs (2019), Premiered on December 12, 2019

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Program Note

I Celebrate Life (the second and last movement of the Light Cycle suite), commissioned by Jennifer Gaderlund for the Graham Middle School Choirs, sets the beautiful poem by Rhoda Gordon, the composer’s late grandmother, for SA (SSA divisi) Choir and Piano. The piece opens with an excited yet hushed ostinato in the Piano. The Choir sings the first four lines of the poem by repeating the beginning line and adding the next line un.l it is complete, utilizing the modern technique of additive processes popular in Minimalism. In the more pensive middle section, the ostinato transforms into a more poignant texture as the Choir “realizes the joy of being through seeing the glorious creation” they are a part of. The ostinato then speeds up and returns to the hushed excitement heard in the opening. The piece concludes with the Choir building up to the most important line of the text: “The most powerful light to celebrate by is love.”

This piece is suitable for any Treble-voiced ensemble. It may be performed as a stand-alone piece or paired with Light Up as the complete Light Cycle suite.

Light Cycle was premiered on December 12, 2019 by the Graham Middle School Choirs conducted by Jennifer Gaderlund in Mountain View, CA.


I celebrate life
With beauty,
With color,
With singing;
I realize
The joy of being
Through seeing
The glorious
Creation I am part of.
The most powerful
Light to celebrate by
Is love.

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