Write it on Your Heart

Composer
Marjorie Halloran
Composer Nationality
American
Composer Date of Birth
1985
Text
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Year Composed
2014
Difficulty
3 (Advanced high school collegiate or community chorus)
Language
English
Voicing
4 part mixed chorus
Divisi
No
Sacred or Secular
Secular
Mood
Inspiring
Description

Ralph Waldo Emerson's text 'Write it on Your Heart' explores the philosophy of carpe diem, meaning seize the day. Emerson's words describe how we as humans should do our best to let go of our frets and anxieties and live in the moment, as if every day were the best day in the year. Halloran's setting, for SATB chorus a cappella, uses lush harmonies and smooth melodic lines to bring Emerson's words to life.

https://youtu.be/fLE1IIql01M

Group
Inversion Ensemble
Performances
Schola Cantorum: January 2014 (world premiere), Vox Nova Chorale: July 2016 (world premiere), Chorus Austin: May 2017