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For So the Children Come

Detail from "Cuban Musicians" by Jonathan Machen. Used by permission of the artist. www.jonathanmachen.com

A moving celebration of new life.
Poet/Lyricist: 
Sophia Lyon Fahs

An atmosphere of mystery, timelessness and joy permeates this moving celebration of new life. Piquant harmonies and understated Latin rhythms create a stunning backdrop for Sophia Fahs’ lyrical text, culminating in an affirmation which reaches far beyond Christmas. A memorable addition to holiday concerts or worship, or as a celebration of birth.

This piece requires a strong pianist and a rhythmically clear conductor, and features a poignant soprano solo.

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For So the Children Come

Poem by Sophia Lyon Fahs

For so the children come
And so they have been coming.
Always in the same way they come
born of the seed of man and woman.

No angels herald their beginnings.
No prophets predict their future courses.
No wisemen see a star to show where to find the babe
that will save humankind.

Yet each night a child is born is a holy night,
Fathers and mothers —
sitting beside their children's cribs
feel glory in the sight of a new life beginning.

They ask, "Where and how will this new life end?
Or will it ever end?"

Each night a child is born is a holy night —
A time for singing,
A time for wondering,
A time for worshipping.

Reviews and Responses: 

"I heard plenty of wonderful music between Thanksgiving and Twelfth Night, as I usually do.  For So the Children Come was the most personally moving piece I encountered."  - Broad Street Review (Philadelphia, PA)

"The close personal resonance between the composer and the words of Fahs is apparent in [this] skillfully worked out setting for choir and piano...   Alexander cleverly quotes appropriate carol melodies when Fahs refers to the prophets and the wise men, and...the opening downward arpeggios seem to symbolize the perpetual descent of the divine at each and every birth."  - Watson Bosler, Gregg Smith Singers Program Notes (New York, NY)

Performers: 

La Crosse Chamber Chorale - Paul Rusterholz, conductor (LaCrosse, WI)   * Premiere
Choir of Unitarian Society of Hartford - Mattie Banzhaf, conductor (West Hartford, CT)
Choir of Unitarian Universalist Church of Princeton - Peter Lauffer, conductor ~ Princeton Interfaith Festival (Princeton, NJ)
Choir of Unity Church-Unitarian - Ruth Palmer, conductor (Saint Paul, MN)
Choir of Jefferson Unitarian Church - Keith Arnold, conductor (Golden, CO)
Choir of Unitarian Society of Hartford - Mattie Banzhaf, conductor (Hartford, CT)
Choir of First Unitarian Church of Ithaca - Elizabeth Alexander, conductor (Ithaca, NY)
Choir of First Universalist Church of Southold - Charlotte Day, conductor (Southold, NY)
Choirs of Universalist and Unitarian Churches of Hartford - David Almond, conductor (Hartford, CT)
Concert Pro Femina Choir - Mattie Banzhaf, conductor ~ Hartford Women Composers Festival (Hartford, CT)
Gregg Smith Singers - Gregg Smith, conductor (New York City, NY)
Maui Symphony Chorus - Celia Canty, conductor (Maui, HI)
Millsaps College Choir - Timothy Coker, conductor (Jackson, MS)
Minnesota Center Chorale - J Michele Edwards ~ Saint Johns University (Collegeville, MN)
New Jersey Gay Men's Chorus - Steven Russell (Titusville & Plainfield, NJ)
Voces Novae et Antique - Jodi Applebaum, soloist - Robert Ross, conductor (Philadelphia, PA)

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