$3.00 – $20.00
Instrumentation: SATB Choir (with featured Treble Choir) & String Quartet
From Songs of Hope in Strange Times (A Choral Song Cycle)
Commissioned by: Kelly Ann Self & Westminster High School Choir
Full Score: $5.00
Instrumental Parts: $20.00
Vocal Score: $3.00 (purchase one copy/singer)
Note: This is a digital score (PDF).
All other movements are available as stand-alone pieces:
The entire Songs of Hope in Strange Times song cycle is also available.
The music and lyrics of Songs of Hope in Strange Times: In Times of Stasis was written during the COVID-19 global pandemic of 2020-onwards and was commissioned by Westminster High School, directed by Kelly Ann Self. The overall song cycle is five movements long, with each movement reflecting on how to find hope and meaning during strange and unknown times of life. In Times of Stasis, the third movement of this song cycle, represents the sense of stasis deep in the waiting period of the pandemic. Without being able to observe the normal markers of time passing, such as birthdays, school years, or holidays, time seemed to stand still as each day blended into the next. This sense of moving neither forward nor backward is reminiscent of walking in the ocean tide, where one wave is crashing on shore and another is receding, creating the sense one is simply standing still. While it can be hard to find meaning in these static times, perhaps just being alive and present in this moment is in itself enough.
This movement could be performed as a stand-alone piece or as part of the entire Songs of Hope in Strange Times song cycle.
See other movements:
When you are suspended
In crystallized time,
Neither ebbing nor flowing
Caught mid-crosscurrent in the tide,
It is here you simply breathe,
Knowing that This.
It is enough.