Bonhoeffer - A choral-theater work by Thomas Lloyd - excerpt II - Donald Nally, The Crossing





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Published on Sep 7, 2013

Meditation: "Night Voices in Tegel" from
Bonhoeffer -- A Choral-Theater work by Thomas Lloyd
performed by
The Crossing, conducted by Donald Nally (www.crossingchoir.com)
with Guillaume Combet, violin; Ulrich Boeckheler, cello;
John Andrew Bailey, piano; Michael Sparhuber, percussion

A setting of lines from the Dietrich Bonhoeffer poem "Night Voices" from his Letters and Papers from Prison (adapted from the translation in The Enlarged Edition, © SCM Press Ltd 1971, pp. 462-463. Used by permission).

Night and silence.
I listen.
Only the steps and cries of the guards,
The distant, hidden laughter of two lovers.
Do you hear nothing else, lazy sleeper?

I hear my own soul tremble and heave.
Nothing else?........

But my ear is open wide:
'We the old, the young,
The sons of all tongues,
We the strong, the weak,
The sleepers, the wakeful,
We the poor, the rich,
Alike in misfortune,
The good, the bad,
Whatever we have been,
We men of many scars,
We the witnesses of those who died,
We the defiant, we the despondent,
The innocent, and the much accused,
Deeply tormented by long isolation,
Brother, we are searching, we are calling you!
Brother, do you hear me?'

recorded in rehearsal by Joe Hannigan for Weston Sound
on March 9, 2013 at the Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral;
for further information about this work: tlloyd@haverford.edu

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