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There is sweet music here

In the Fall of 2022, I relocated to Santa Barbara for a work opportunity, and it quickly became one of the most painful periods of my life. At every turn, it seemed that no one in the organization was willing to either help or take the choral art seriously, which was the reason I was recruited from the start. When next to nothing was providing solace or comfort, even the music I was making, Tennyson’s poem reminded me that music can bring light into the darkest of days. I rhythmically set this poem in one afternoon, and the notes quickly followed. Regardless of the difficulties life brings, nothing can quell the beauty of music. The piece is the fifth of a five-movement choral cycle, There Will be Singing.

Additional Information

Premiere Information:

There is sweet music here was premiered by Choral Arts Initiative as part of their PREMIERE|Project Festival on June 28th, 2024, with Ali Sandweiss Hodges conducting.


There is sweet music here that softer falls
Than petals from blown roses on the grass,
Or night-dews on still waters between walls
Of shadowy granite, in a gleaming pass;
Music that gentlier on the spirit lies,
Than tir'd eyelids upon tir'd eyes;
Music that brings sweet sleep down from the blissful skies.

- Lord Alfred Tennyson (1809-1892)


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