Celtic Blessing

from Songs for the Journey

Voicing: SATB, keyboard
Duration: 4 Minutes
Text: Traditional
Year: 2009

Commissioned by: First Presbyterian Church, Fort Worth, TX and Concord Chorale, Concord, NH
Publisher: E. C. Schirmer Music Company

forthcoming, Spring 2019

Songs for the Journey was originally commissioned to be a companion piece to the Fauré Requiem. I have long admired this work for its personal tone, and for the way in which Fauré emphasized the beauty and intimacy of the traditional Latin texts. In assembling the movements of Songs for the Journey, I chose texts with uniquely personal stories and connections. More Love, a song I had written for my wife when we were expecting our first child, became the cornerstone movement. Together, the five movements explore similar themes as the traditional requiem—love, faith, and mortality—but in a non-liturgical framework, with poems and texts drawn from a variety of sources.