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Choral score

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Note:

When I originally wrote this piece for the commissioning choir in Topeka, KS, I only had their context in mind – they wanted to commission a piece for a student of theirs that was killed in a car crash. I was able to customize the text to fit the sense of hope they wanted to convey, and I used parts of the student's eulogy to glue the text together ("And I believe, so I believe"). What has been rewarding about this piece, though, is that I've been able to see it live on in the voices of other choirs around the country, from the original premiere in Kansas to the National Lutheran Choir, and in Dublin with a new orchestration for strings and brass!

- Timothy C. Takach

Text:

And I believe. So I believe.

I will lift my eyes to the hills.
There, dost thou well believe, no storm should come
To mar the stillness of that angel-home;
There should thy slumbers be
Weighed down with honey-dew, serenely blessed.

And I believe. So I believe.

For I am convinced that neither death, nor life,
neither angels, nor demons, nor powers,
neither things present nor things to come,
neither height nor depth, nor any other creature,
shall be able to separate us from the love of God.

I do believe.

And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.

- Psalms 121:1 - Felicia Dorothea Hemans - Romans 8:38-39 - Revelation 7:17