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Evening Star (2023)


For Choir (SATB) & Semi-Chorus a cappella

First performance 13th July 2023, St. Leonard's Church, Hythe

Duration: 5 minutes

Text: The Evening Star by Louise Glück 

Commissioned by JAM on the Marsh, for the University of Delaware Chorale

The Evening Star


Tonight, for the first time in many years,

there appeared to me again

a vision of the earth’s splendor:

in the evening sky

the first star seemed

to increase in brilliance

as the earth darkened

until at last it could grow no darker.

And the light, which was the light of death,

seemed to restore to earth

its power to console. There were

no other stars. Only the one

whose name I knew

as in my other life I did her

injury: Venus,

star of the early evening,

to you I dedicate

my vision, since on this blank surface

you have cast enough light

to make my thought

visible again.

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