O My Love

SSAA accompanied
Text: James Thomson
Duration: 3.5 min
Publisher: Santa Barbara Music Publishing


Commissioned by the Amabile Youth Singers, and Prima of London Ontario, Canada.

from the publisher: “The composer cleverly weaves the melody in and out of the four parts making this a joy to sing, and fascinating to hear. The left hand of the piano maintains the pulse, thereby anchoring this delightful piece.”


Audio:


Let my voice ring out and over the earth,
Through all the grief and strife,
With a golden joy in a silver mirth:
I give thanks for Life!

Let my voice swell out through the great abyss
To the azure dome above,
With a chord of faith in the harp of bliss:
I give thanks for Love!

Let my voice thrill out beneath and above,
The whole world through:
O my Love and Life,
O my Life and Love,
I give thanks for you!


James Thomson (1834-1882) was a Scottish Victorian poet. In 1862 he moved to London, where he supported himself as a clerk while writing essays, poems, and stories, many of them published in Bradlaugh’s National Reformer, a worker’s weekly. The publication of a volume of Thomson’s poetry, The City of Dreadful Night and Other Poems (1880), received favourable critical attention.


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About Composer

Matthew Emery (b.1991) is a Canadian composer whose music has been performed in sixteen countries. He currently lives and works in Toronto, Canada where he maintains an active composition and teaching studio.

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