Hymn to St. Theresa (Parts) (download)
Deeply powerful and moving, this shining work honors prominent Spanish mystic St. Teresa of Avila, who stated: “prayer is an act of love, words are not needed.”
For concert band
St. Teresa of Avila (1515-1582) was a prominent Spanish mystic, Roman Catholic Saint, Carmelite nun, and author. The English translation of her poem “Where All Are Welcome” served as inspiration for me when composing amass: my oratorio for choir, soloists, and mixed chamber ensemble (premiered in February 2011). Its message is timeless, and truly embodies my personal beliefs. This poem, translated by Daniel Ladinsky and published in his book Love Poems From God, struck me so deeply that it replaced the traditional credo in my mass. More than anything, this poem states what I truly believe. Hymn to St. Teresa is a reimagining of the “Sanctus” and “Benedictus” from amass, two works originally composed for a cappella mixed choir. It seemed fitting to honor her, and the original inspiration for amass, in this new piece.
Where All Are Welcome
Why this great war between the countries – the countries –
inside of us?
What are all these insane borders we protect?
What are all these different names for the same church of love
we kneel in together? For it is true, together we live; and only
at that shrine where all are welcome will God sing
loud enough to be heard.
~St. Teresa of Avila
translated by Daniel Ladinsky, Love Poems From God, Penguin Books, 2002.
To read more about amass, and hear the original “Sanctus” and “Benedictus” for a cappella mixed choir, visit https://www.graphitepublishing.com/product/amass-full-score/.