In beauty may I walk (1998)

SATB Chorus a cappella   3 minutes

I wrote this as a leaving-present for Anthony Whitworth Jones, on his departure from Glyndebourne in August 1998.  I thought of it as a travel-blessing for a friend and supporter who had been important to me for over a decade: he was running Glyndebourne Touring Opera when I first went there as Assistant Chorus Master; later on he became General Director of Glyndebourne, and was instrumental in commissioning three community operas, a wind serenade (Figures in the Garden), and finally Flight, an opera for Glyndebourne Festival.  In beauty may I walk is a very short thank-you for so much.  Its first performance was at Anthony’s leaving party, when it was sung by the Glyndebourne Chorus conducted by Andrew Davis.

Text: Anon. Translated from the Navajo by Jerome K. Rothenberg

Composed as a present for Anthony Whitworth Jones on his leaving Glyndebourne Festival Opera

First performance: 27th August 1998, Glyndebourne Chorus conducted by Andrew Davis, Glyndebourne.