The Music of Elizabeth Alexander

Works about Conflict





Blessed Be the Flower That Triumphs
A rich meditation on tenacity, resilience, and rebirth
Poet/Lyricist: Michael DeVernon Boblett
  • SATB a cappella
  • SATB, 2 horns, harp, strings
Level: M
Conversation on a Train
A difficult but important conversation across a deep divide
  • Vocal solo
  • Vocal duet
  • Flexibly voiced chorus
Even a Fist Was Once an Open Palm
A tender vision of the possibility and promise of peace
Poet/Lyricist: Yehuda Amichai
  • SATB a cappella
Level: A
Fighting Over What We Believe
A bold meditation on conflict, communication and compassion
Poet/Lyricist: Elizabeth Alexander
  • SSA + SAB youth, piano
  • SSA, soloists, piano
  • SATB + SAB youth, piano
  • SATB, soloists, piano
Level: M
Freedom and Justice
A Split Hickory song about two cherished values
Poet/Lyricist: Elizabeth Alexander
  • Vocalist
Level: M
Get Curious
A compelling look at how curiosity can nudge anger into something beautiful and transformative
Poet/Lyricist: Elizabeth Alexander
  • SSAA a cappella
Level: MA
May This Be a Working Alleluia
A “roll up your sleeves” embrace of gratitude, work, healing and joy
Poet/Lyricist: Elizabeth Alexander
  • SATB + children’s choir, piano, opt. flute and trumpets
Level: M
Reasons for the Perpetuation of Slavery
A clear-eyed compelling look at human slavery through the ages, including the present time
Poet/Lyricist: Elizabeth Alexander
  • SSAA a cappella
Level: MA
This is What Democracy Looks Like
A rally-ready protest song licensed through Creative Commons
Poet/Lyricist: Elizabeth Alexander
  • Community / Congregational Song
Level: E