e pluribus unum (Hope Like Gold)

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e pluribus unum (Hope Like Gold)

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Semi-finalist in the 2018 Walter Hussey Composition Competition

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e pluribus unum (Hope Like Gold) reflects on the hope of democracy: that an educated population (the many) would make wise decisions for the betterment of humanity (the one). The music oscillates between dramatic unisons and shimmering poly-chords, sometimes interrupted by gestures of sighing and heaving. Hope and gold alternate—one seemingly solid, one shimmering harmonically—until their roles reverse in a cascade of questions.

  • Which is gleaming more brightly?

  • Which is truly golden?

  • Which is more valuable?

  • Which will last?

Andrea Thoenes's stunning text reminds us with all poetic subtlety that any promise for tomorrow is but fool's gold; the music echoes this premise. May the combination help us to recognize and acknowledge our corporate vulnerability, discomfort, and even fear. From these honest spaces, we are able to emerge no longer merely "hoping" for better days, but instead, acting to make those better days a reality.

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Please purchase one copy per singer in your choir. If this creates a financial burden for your program, don’t hesitate to reach out to me. Pricing is always negotiable—I just want to share in making great music together!

Here’s a MIDI realization of the score, but I’d love to have a recording of your ensemble performing this piece!