Inscription of Hope

SATB and Piano (or flute, oboe and strings); also available for SA/Piano, SAB/Piano, and SSA/Piano; BASIC LIBRARY, J.W. Pepper; Holocaust text; U.S. Publisher, Heritage Music Press 15/1085H; Duration 3:10.

This Holocaust text is a story survival, belief, and resilience, even in the most dire of circumstances. Inscription of Hope utilizes a folk tune and anonymous text in the first and last section (m. 13-29, 47-end). I wrote the text in the middle section (30-46). The narration is absolutely essential to include in the performance of this work. My preference is that the narration occurs during the music (starting at about the 3-second mark). But, of course, it could be read prior to the work commencing.

I believe in the sun, even when it is not shining,
and I believe in love, even when there’s no one there.
And I believe in God, even when He is silent;
I believe through any trial, there is always a way.
But sometimes in this suff’ring and hopeless despair,
My heart cries for shelter, to know someone’s there.
But a voice rises within me saying hold on my child,
I’ll give you strength, I’ll give you hope,
Just stay a little while.

SA and Piano version 15/1081
SSA and Piano version 15/2940H
SAB and Piano version 15/1316H
Instrumental score and parts 30/2067H