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"I Am the Wind"

for SSAA choir and piano
Text by Zöe Atkins 

Commissioned by the 2017 American Choral Directors Association Women's Choir Consortium.

This piece is only available to participating choirs of the consortium until June 1, 2019. After this date, other choirs may also purchase copies.

In this piece, poet Zöe Atkins compares her uncertainty to the wavering winds and shifting shadows, contrasting with the unchanging stars and secure land. This poetic tension is mirrored musically through rhythmic contrast and dissonant choral harmonies which highlight the power of women’s voices—joining together, offering strength and, ultimately, soaring as one. Commissioned by the National ACDA Women’s Choir Consortium, this piece is a rewarding challenge for advanced women’s choirs.

I am the wind that wavers,

  You are the certain land;

I am the shadow that passes

  Over the sand.

I am the leaf that quivers,
  You the unshaken tree;

You are the stars that are steadfast,

  I am the sea.

You are the light eternal—

  Like a torch I shall die;
You are the surge of deep music,

  I but a cry!