The Door (2019)
for SATB Chorus, Oboe, and Piano
Text by Jane Hirshfield
Duration: 4.5 min.
Dedication: for the installation of the Rev. Dr. Cynthia Landrum, May 5, 2019
Commission: Commissioned by the First Parish Church of Acton and Stow, Mike Pfitzer, music director
Publisher: Zimbel Press/Subito Music Corp.
A note waterfalls steadily
just below hearing.
Or this early light
streaming through dusty glass:
what enters, enters like that,
And yet there is also the other,
the breath-space held between any call
and its answer—
In the querying
first scuff of footstep,
the wood owls’ repeating,
the two-counting heart:
A little sabbath,
minnow whose brightness silvers past time.
hinged between worlds,
that precedes change and allows it.
“The Door” by Jane Hirshfield from The October Palace (NY: HarperCollins, 1994); Copyright © 1994 Jane Hirshfield