Magic

Composer
Amy Gordon
Composer Nationality
American
Text
Susan Jordan
Year Composed
2017
Pages
16
Minutes
7:30
Language
English
Voicing
8 part mixed chorus
Solos
Sop Solo, Sop duet
Instruments
Piano
Sacred or Secular
Secular
Mood
Caring, warm; Dramatic, with dynamic contrasts
Description

“Magic” (the third and final movement of the choral song cycle As Time Stops To Rest) describes how the narrator senses the closeness of “the spirit kingdom” all around him or her, but only has fleeting glimpses of it. The piece opens with an a cappella dialogue between the altos and tenors, who are then joined by the sopranos and basses. The piece then builds to the joyous climax of the whole song cycle: “But oh, for a moment I grow flowers with my hands!”, alluding to how powerful and wondrous these brief glimpses of the spirit kingdom are. The texture then drops down to lulling a cappella chords in the lower voices as two featured soprano soloists “dance on wings uplifted”. The narrator then finally enters “the kingdom of all” he or she has been sensing, possibly through death. The movement concludes peacefully as the narrator “enter[s] the kingdom of all and AM”. The piano concludes with a peaceful postlude recalling motives used throughout the movement.

https://amygordonmusic.com/catalog/magic/

Audio Credit
South Bay Chamber Singers
Group
C3LA
Performances
C3LA: Feb 2018 (Words Like Blades)