on a flat stone over his grave (2016) soprano + theorbo

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This piece was written for and commissioned by Jarring Sounds (Danielle Sampson + Adam Cockerham) for their June 2016 “Elegy” themed concerts in the San Francisco Bay Area. The text is adapted from a portion of the Latin inscription above the tomb of Henry Purcell.

Applaud so great a guest, Celestial powers.
Who now resides with you, but once was ours.
Dy’d! No, he lives while yonder organ sounds
and sacred echoes to the choir rebound.