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The Music of Stillness

Discussion Guide

I am pleased to offer free resources to serve choirs as we continue to seek ways to enhance our choral rehearsals. I hope these discussion guides will be of assistance and add meaningful dialogue in your ensembles!

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Sara Teasdale's poem There Will Be Rest frames this stunning piece for mixed divisi choirs. Soaring choral phrases conjure up images of "stars shining, rooftops covered with snow, crystal peace ... finding the music of stillness." Following a serene opening, the piece rises and falls through affecting climaxes as well as passages of great tranquility, ending with the same sense of stillness with which it begins.

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