Sea Dream Elegies

for SATB chorus, oboe/English horn & cello

Commissioned by James Conlon and the Cincinnati May Festival
Music by Julia Adolphe
20 minutes

Sacred Music in a Sacred Space
K. Scott Warren, conductor
September 28, 2016, Church of St. Ignatius, New York, NY

The Cincinnati May Festival Chamber Choir
James Conlon, conductor
Robert Porco, chorus conductor
May 22, 2016, Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, Covington, KY


Sea Dream Elegies
I. Between Calm and Thunder
II. A Thousand Splintered Shards
III. For whom does your Heart Despair?
IV. The Dance of Moon and Sea

IV. The Dance of Moon and Sea
Text by Nahal Navidar

The tender shore embraces
The beaming fire orb
Whose dancing light awakens
My tired breathless soul

Rays catch the deep-cast colors
Where sea-glass crowns the shore
As the sun descends into the sky
Delivering the moon

The moonlight cools my skin
As I walk the speckled shore
Gathering polished sea-glass
Worn smooth through the turbulent storm

The ocean whispers a lullaby to the breezy, sleeping palm

A calm, stillness lives between
The dance of moon and sea
I hold the glass in hopeful prayer
Renaming all my dreams