TUVAYHUN

Beatitudes for a Wounded World

A moving and innovative 80-minute work based on the Beatitudes, with a message of inclusion, trust, kindness, compassion, humanity, and mutual respect. This is a hybrid work of classical, jazz, and world music for SATB or SSAA chorus.

Our world is a wondrous place; but it is also a deeply troubled place, in need of messages of inclusion, trust, kindness, compassion, humanity, and mutual respect. The texts for this work act as poetic responses to the verses in the traditional Beatitudes from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. The poet has taken each blessing ("Tuvayhun" in Aramaic) and crafted a text as if to say, “Yes, and…” These new texts illustrate how that blessing applies in the real world. It seems as though words two millennia ago still resonate, and the types of people Jesus sought to comfort with his blessings are still in need of blessing, and the societal shortcomings he drew attention to then are still challenging us today.

 

One might think that each of the eight verses in the Beatitudes concerns different groups of people: the poor in spirit, the meek, the peacemakers, the merciful. However, these are not eight different groups of people but are eight moral qualities that all of us can possess. We are all in need of these blessings, and we are all called to act as the agents of blessing. The texts range from a lullaby to a refugee narrative, from folk dance to an anthem of universal human needs and dignity, interspersed with messages of hope and blessings, framed by Jesus’ beatitudes sung in Aramaic. It ends with an exhortation for all of us to let our light shine and be a blessing to others.

 

As part of the message to embrace our differences, "Tuvayhun" is a crossover work with elements from classical, jazz and world music. The work was commissioned and premiered by the Manhattan Girls Chorus and conductor Michelle Oesterle, April 2018. 

  • SATB or SSAA

    VOICING

  • 2018

    YEAR

  • 80 minutes

    DURATION

  • Charles Anthony SIlvestri

    and The Bible

    WORDS

SCORES

Vocal score: SATB div. chorus, solo child soprano, solo alto, solo baritone

Printed scores: J. W. Pepper 

Digital scores: kimarnesen.shop

Vocal score: SSAA div. chorus, solo child soprano, solo alto, solo baritone

Printed scores: J. W. Pepper 

Digital scores: kimarnesen.shop

Full score: SATB (Instrumentation: Flute, hammered dulcimer/cimbalom*,

harp, percussion, and string orchestra)

Printed scores: J. W. Pepper 

Digital scores: kimarnesen.shop

Full score: SSAA (Instrumentation: Flute, hammered dulcimer/cimbalom*,

harp, percussion, and string orchestra)

Printed scores: J. W. Pepper 

Digital scores: kimarnesen.shop

 

 

* may be performed with a sampled instrument on keyboard or with a guitar by an experienced player who can adjust the the part based on the dulcimer part.

See further performances notes here.

CHOREOGRAPHY

The work may be performed with choreography and scenography. This is not necessary for the performance but using such elements can substantiate the message of the texts and the work's dramaturgy. 

 

 

Michelle Oesterle

Commissioner and Artistic Director of the Manhattan Girls Chorus

An immersive experience engaging both the participants and the audience at a deep emotional level.

James Meaders

Vox Anima, London

What a timely rendering of these ancient words that have been given to us by the masterful artistry of Arnesen and Silvestri. Evocative, captivating, sanguine, and stirring. Indifference is challenged in every moment on a deep level.

Anita Brevik

Artistic Director of the 

Nidaros Cathedral Girls' Choir

Tuvayhun has had a deep impact on us all. Never before have our singers so coherent and clearly expressed how much a work has moved them.

SEE ALSO

 

THE TEXT

By Charles Anthony Silvestri and the Beatitudes from Matthew 5. Read the full libretto here.

 

 

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Kim André Arnesen

"...music of high quality and sophistication that’s both satisfying and accessible…"

Classicstoday.com