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Be Still

for SATB choir

Year:  2009   ·  Duration:  3m 30s

Year:  2009
Duration:  3m 30s

Composer:   Anthony Young

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Anthony Young: Be Still; audio

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Much of my work is a marriage (or balancing act) between the Western art music tradition and my own position in time and place. Along with many forms, I have had a love for sacred choral music from Mediaeval times through to the present, but in not being a Christian, I have felt a reluctance to set text in which I don’t fully believe.

In reading the work of spiritual author, Eckhart Tolle, I have discovered a new connection with biblical texts. Tolle quotes the line “Be still, and know that I am God” in his book A New Earth, as an example of a universal truth that is at the heart of all religions and belief systems. In this text “God” may be seen as the Christian God, an omnipresent spiritual dimension or the universe personified. This line, and the rest of the text, is from Psalm 46. In setting this text I have found an opening into the world of sacred choral music that aligns with my own beliefs.

Anthony Young

Commissioned note

Composed for The Committee's 2009 Clock Tower concert, 1 March 2009

Difficulty note

intermediate to advanced

Dedication note

Dedicated to Eckhart Tolle (E.T.)

Contents note

one movement

Text note

Text is from Psalm 46 from the King James Bible

Performance history

01 Mar 2009: Time's Past

17 Dec 2009: Performed by Coro "Voci del mondo" (of the Università per stranieri di Perugia) at Perugia, Italy

Performed by Coro "Voci del mondo" (of the Università per stranieri di Perugia) at Bari, Italy, in December 2009

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