Breathe (2015)

SATB with orchestra
Duration: 9:30

Chorus and full orchestra bring this powerful work to light. The lyrics are excerpted from legal documents and from a book of poetry, two diverse styles of communication both driving to the heart of the problems of suppression, inequality, and injustice. While these texts were written decades ago — Brown v. Board in 1954 and Paul Dunbar’s poem in 1922 — they also feel surprisingly and sadly current as they speak to issues that persist.

Winner of the Orchestra Seattle & Seattle Chamber Singers Composition Competition, 2015. Live recording performed under the direction of Clinton Smith. Used by permission.