Wayland Rogers

Text Author: Kazuaki Tanahashi

Words © 2018 Kazuaki Tanahashi, admin. Shambhala Publications, Inc. Music © 2019 GIA.

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Vocal Forces: Two-part equal, Two-part mixed

Accompaniment: Piano

Series: Global Encounters

Difficulty Level: E/M


In my opinion our world is currently in great need of reestablishing strong connections one to another, be it with family and friends, neighbors and strangers, nations and nations, or with those of different cultures and religions. In his important book, I and Thou, philosopher-theologian Martin Buber says that the most meaningful life is centered on relationship. As a musician, I felt compelled to express the I-THOU thesis through the human voice. In searching for the right words to express this sentiment, I was fortunate to find Kazuaki Tanahashi’s eloquent poem, “Encounter.” Mr. Tanahashi is a poet, Zen artist, scholar and peace activist. 

This combined-voices version has been adapted from an SATB scoring that features prominently in the original song cycle, I-THOU, written for vocal quartet, commissioned and premiered in 2018 by Fourth Coast Ensemble in Chicago. —Wayland Rogers

Categories: Children and Youth, Choral Vocal

Number of Pages: 8

Language: English

Format: Octavo

Suitable for Children: Yes


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