The human heart seeks to be known, understood, respected and loved. The poem of this piece was written in response to a photograph of an amazing woman; the photograph showed the beauty and power of the way she looks at people, the way she searches the heart and seeks what is truly within a person. This work is a serene celebration of love's challenging gaze.
Commissioned by the Texas Choral Directors Association for the 2017 Convention, and premiered by the Directors Chorus, conductor Lori Hetzel.
SATB & piano
Digital scores: Santa Barbara Music Publishing (Enter catalog number SBMP 1478)
SSAA & piano
Digital scores: Santa Barbara Music Publishing (Enter catalog number SBMP 1470)
TTBB & piano
Digital scores: Santa Barbara Music Publishing (Enter catalog number SBMP 1526)
This is love's searching love,
this is the heart searching the heart,
this the heart seeking the heart’s music
and asking, do you know this music,
the power of the heart’s unfolding melody,
of the harmonies of our searching, hidden
in the tears and power of the eye?