A Kiss of Blessing

TTBB, piano

"A Kiss of Blessing is the second movement of "A Burst of Song," commissioned by the New Jersey Gay Men's Chorus in 2010 for their 20th Anniversary Season. This community chorus had lived through the AIDS epidemic and with it, experienced great loss, and so I sought texts that celebrated the healing aspects of song. The poetry is from Gitanjali: Song Offerings (1912) by Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941). I hoped to illuminate the poet's heartfelt beliefs about the divine grace and power of song. An SSAA version is also available.

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Commissioned By: 
New Jersey Gay Men's Chorus
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New Jersey Gay Men's Chorus
Premiere Conductor: 
Steven Russell
Text Author or Source: 
Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941)
English (original language, Bengali to translated into English by Rabindranath Tagore)

This song of mine will wind its music around you,
my child, like the fond arms of love.
The song of mine will touch your forehead
like a kiss of blessing.
My song will be like a pair of wings to your dreams,
it will transport your heart to the verge of the unknown.
It will be like the faithful star overhead
when dark night is over your road.
My song will sit in the pupils of your eyes,
and will carry your sight into the heart of things.
And when my voice is silenced in death,
my song will speak in your living heart.
- from "This Song of Mine" (The Crescent Moon #38)