The Music of Elizabeth Alexander

Works about Forgiveness

Title

Poet/Lyricist

Voicing/Instrumentation

Level

Chosen People
An affirmation of the blessedness of all people
Poet/Lyricist: Elizabeth Alexander
  • SATB, piano
  • SATB, chamber ensemble
Level: M
Create a Song Once More
St Cecilia invites King David to imagine a restorative path beyond guilt and shame
Poet/Lyricist: Elizabeth Alexander
  • SATB a cappella
Level: MA
Do Not Leave Your Cares At the Door
A feast of old-time gospel offering welcome and acceptance
Poet/Lyricist: Norman V. Naylor
  • SATB a cappella
Level: ME
Finally On My Way To Yes
A gutsy celebration of life’s rough lessons
Poet/Lyricist: Pesha Gertler
  • SSATB, piano
Level: MA
Go Out! (Concert-Length Work)
A poetic and feisty tribute to liberal religion and freedom of thought
Poet/Lyricist: Centuries of Strong-Minded People
  • A variety of vocal forces
Level: Various
Go Out! (Individual Song)
A rousing song of commission with a message of inclusion and love
Poet/Lyricist: John Murray (as rendered by Alfred S. Cole)
  • SATB, piano
Level: M
Grace
A reflection on the mystery and bounty of grace
Poet/Lyricist: Elizabeth Alexander
  • Low voice, piano
  • Medium voice, piano
  • High voice, piano
  • SSA, piano
  • SATB, piano
Level: ME
I’ll Tell You A Story, then…
An ordinary walk leads to an unexpected discovery about what it means to be fully human
Poet/Lyricist: Nancy White
  • Low voice, piano
  • Medium voice, piano
  • High voice, piano
Level: M
Luminous Awakening
An bountiful and expansive setting of a Hildegard von Bingen prayer
Poet/Lyricist: Hildegard of Bingen
  • SATB a cappella
  • SSAA a cappella
Level: M
No Other People’s Children
A song of reconciliation affirming the belovedness of all people
Poet/Lyricist: Elizabeth Alexander
  • Flexible voicing: 1-4 pt. choir
Level: E
Praise Wet Snow Falling Early
A meditation on darkness, transcendence and hope
Poet/Lyricist: Denise Levertov
  • SATB, piano
Level: M
Pure Light beyond Light
Ancient and modern invocations of the Holy filled with reverence, mystery and illumination
Poet/Lyricist: Mozarabic prayer, Hildegard von Bingen, Rob Eller-Isaacs
  • SATB a cappella
Level: M
Tomorrow, God Willing
A buoyant riff on humility, gratitude and second chances
Poet/Lyricist: Garrison Keillor
  • TTBB a cappella
Level: M