Songs for the Journey

I. Into Your Hands
When All That's Left of Me Is Love
More Love
IV. Do Not Stand At My Grave and Weep
Celtic Blessing

Soprano Solo, SATB Chorus (divisi), and Keyboard, or Harp (Piano) and Strings, or Chamber Orchestra
Duration: 16 Minutes
Text: Various
Year: 2010

Commissioned by: Concord Chorale
Premiered by: Concord Chorale, Concord, NH, Ryan Turner, director, April 17, 2010

Publisher: E. C. Schirmer #8784

J.W. Pepper
ECS Publishing


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.

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