SSATB choir, c. 5'30" (2016)
for Owain Park and the Cambridge Chorale
This piece uses W. B. Yeats’ poem “The Mother of God”, tied to the traditional ‘Ave Maria’ text and plainchant, to explore the human side of Mary, mother of Jesus. The interweaving florid melodies use the outline of the plainchant to express her intense wonder, terror, and love. Throughout the centuries, Mary has been praised for her divine purity and as a vessel used by God; this piece attempts give the woman herself a more meaningful human voice.