Trusting Lightness
for soprano and piano (1975)

Duration
6 min.

Premiere
21 August 1975
Janet Steele, soprano / Zita Carno, piano
Johnson State College
Johnson, VT

Text
Jess Anderson, from Requiescat in Pace (Poems 1970–1974)

Range
B3 – A5

Publisher
Biscardi Music Press No. B48-75-1 (available on request)

Notes
TRUSTING LIGHTNESS
Great gates sigh shut
To seal the iron grillworks
Guarding the region of my pounding
   heart.
As through forgotten halls
Of some ethereal cloister,
A Mass by William Byrd
Filters through the galleries
Of winter's sunny afternoon.

Somewhere another prisoner,
Also a child,
Cries out to be rescued
From the caverns of nothingness:
Let us into the light,
Release us into flight,
To leap up into the air,
Levitated by natural, trusting light-
   ness,
Borne aloft on wings of tones,
On soft, loving gentleness.


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