Opus 1386

A Philosophy (2021)

for Voice and Piano

Text by Virginia Woolf

Benjamin Perry Wenzelberg, countertenor and piano

Duration: 2.5 min.

Dedication: with gratitude for Professor Stephanie Paulsell’s ministry at the Memorial Church of Harvard University, 2019–2021

Commission: Commissioned by The Memorial Church, Harvard University

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“From this I reach what I might call a philosophy; that behind the cotton wool is hidden a pattern; that we—I mean all human beings—are connected with this; that the whole world is a work of art; that we are parts of the work of art. We are the words; we are the music; we are the thing itself.”

Virginia Woolf (1882–1941), from Moments of Being