Prayer to the Shechinah

Poetry by Mirabai Starr
for SATB chorus, cello, and piano (2020)

Choral Score

by Andrea Clearfield

$4.50

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Description

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Music by Andrea Clearfield (2020)
Poetry by Mirabai Starr
Commissioned and performed by Conspirare, Craig Hella Johnson, Artistic Director
Douglas Harvey, cello
Austin Haller, piano

Duration

8 min 30 sec

Premiere

February 20, 2020
St. Martin's Lutheran Church, Austin, TX
Conspirare
Craig Hella Johnson, Artistic Director
Douglas Harvey, cello
Austin Haller, piano

Commissioner

Conspirare and Craig Hella Johnson

Instrumentation

SATB, cello, piano

Program Notes

Prayer to the Shechinah was commissioned by Conspirare and Craig Hella Johnson, and set to poetry by Mirabai Starr. The piece is an homage to the Shechinah, the feminine face of God. The Shechinah is at once gentle and fierce, ethereal and yet manifest. The work is a prayer and a plea to the Shechinah to be with us now during the peril of these times, to “restore wholeness to our fragmented souls” and “kiss the tear-streaked face of humanity.” The music alternates between rhapsodic solos, reverent hymn-like passages, and urgent propulsive rhythms.

With gratitude to the Brush Creek Foundation, The Copland House and the Ragdale Foundation for providing invaluable time and space to compose this work.

–Andrea Clearfield