Invictus by Josh Rist





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Published on Dec 21, 2011

December 3, 2011 performance by Josh Rist (piano) and members of the OSU Chamber Choir in Benton Hall, Corvallis, Oregon. Invictus was composed by Josh Rist during the summer of 2011 and premiered by Dr. Steven Zielke and the OSU Chamber Choir during Fall Term, 2011. The text was written by William Earnest Henley.

Top Row (Left to Right): Keenan Kemper, Cole Haole-Valenzuela, Kirsten Hatch, Brian Barlow, Erica Puopolo, Bryce Tomlins, Laurel Mehaffey, Andrea Black, Daniel Fridley, Tony Baker
Bottom Row (Left to Right): Melissa Albert, Alicia Baker, Valerie Gollman, Jordan Mitts, Charles Gidley, Allison Knotts, Cole Weber, Craig Irby, Jade Aimonetti, Claire Sahleberg

Thank you to these amazing singers for bringing this piece to life, for the artistic guidance and enabling of Dr. Steven Zielke, and for everyone who listens to this piece. This one's for you.

Invictus by William Earnest Henley (1849 -- 1903)

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

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