The Law of Loving Others

Composer
Emma Daniels
Composer Nationality
American
Composer Date of Birth
1993
Text
Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy; Louise Maude & Aylmer Maude, trans.
Year Composed
2016
Pages
7
Minutes
4:30
Difficulty
3 (Advanced high school collegiate or community chorus)
Language
English; Other language
Voicing
4 part mixed chorus
Divisi
Yes
Solos
Yes (S)
Sacred or Secular
Secular
Mood
Relaxed, dreamy, introspective; Caring, warm
Description

A witty, compelling piece, “The Law of Loving Others” sets to music a passage from Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina. The character Levin reflects on what he has always known, that he “must love his neighbor and not throttle him,” but grapples with the idea that reason has caused men to throttle others to satisfy their desires. How do you explain love using reason? Full of rich and textured harmonic colors, this piece depicts one man’s psychological journey toward recognition of the unreasonable aspects of love.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c2DBb8rG4xA

Audio Credit
Triad: Boston's Choral Collective
Group
Triad
Performances
Triad: 2016 May (Chorale and Variations), cond. De Tar (World Premiere); Triad: 2016 November 19 & 20 (Music for a Lifetime)