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Blessed Be the Flower That Triumphs

A meditation on the true meaning of resurrection
Poet/Lyricist: 
Michael deVernon Boblett
Commissioned by Bethlehem Music Series / Maria Bucka [Orchestral version]
Winner of the Athena Festival Almquist Award [SATB a cappella version]

A warm and richly contrapuntal meditation on the true meaning of resurrection: that which returns and prevails despite persecution or death. This homage to a small but tenacious wildflower offers a dialogue between the grand and the humble, the temporal and the enduring.

Note: The choral parts of the a cappella and orchestral versions of this song are almost identical; the orchestral version includes an introduction, instrumental interludes and a coda.

Item Instrumentation/Voicing Duration Level Audio Peruse Delivery Method (Print vs. Digital) Price Quantity
SEA-078-00 SATB a cappella - Choral Score
5' M https://www.seafarerpress.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/blessed_be_the_flower_that_triumphs_satb_a_cappella.mp3 Sheet Music $3.00
SEA-078-00DEL SATB a cappella - Choral Score
5' M https://www.seafarerpress.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/blessed_be_the_flower_that_triumphs_satb_a_cappella.mp3 Licensed PDF $3.00
SEA-078-01 Chorus, orchestra (2 horns, harp, strings) - Conductor's Score
8' M https://www.seafarerpress.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/blessed_be_the_flower_that_triumphs_satb_%26_orchestra.mp3 Sheet Music $16.00
SEA-078-02 Chorus, orchestra (2 horns, harp, strings) - Choral Part
8' M https://www.seafarerpress.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/blessed_be_the_flower_that_triumphs_satb_%26_orchestra.mp3 Sheet Music $3.00
SEA-078-02DEL Chorus, orchestra (2 horns, harp, strings) - Choral Part
8' https://www.seafarerpress.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/blessed_be_the_flower_that_triumphs_satb_%26_orchestra.mp3 Licensed PDF $3.00
SEA-078-03 Chorus, orchestra (2 horns, harp, strings) - Instrumental Parts (rental)
8'00" M Sheet Music $0.00

Blessed Be the Flower That Triumphs

Poem by Michael deVernon Boblett Adapted by Elizabeth Alexander

Blessed be the flower that triumphs
Over snows, over thorns, over withered stems,
Over windswept mountains, over deserts cruel and dry.
Blessed be the flower that triumphs.

Blessed be the flower that triumphs
Over wars, over change, over centuries,
Over barbed wire fences, over soldiers' heavy feet.
Blessed be the flower that triumphs.

Blessed be the flower that triumphs
Over well-meaning hands bent on gathering.
Over small closed rooms, with their vases hard and cold.
Blessed be the flower that triumphs.

Blessed be the flower that triumphs
Over vain words of priests and of poets' pens
And attempts to domesticate its wild, wild Truth.
Blessed be the flower that triumphs.

Blessed be the flower that triumphs
Over past, over death, over silences,
Enduring beyond iron and tears and severed roots,
And restoring to all things a joyful smallness.
Blessed be the flower that triumphs at last.

Reviews and Responses: 

"Blessed Be the Flower That Triumphs is an intelligent, creative, beautifully powerful piece of choral writing that deserves to be heard and performed by many.  The choir had a wonderful time preparing it and enjoyed it even more as time went on.  You already know my thoughts about this stunning work of art.  As I hope you could tell, the audience had an immediate positive reaction to it.  They LOVED it!"  Maria Bucka, Artistic Chair, Bethlehem Music Series

Performers: 

SATB a cappella
Premiere: Murray State University Concert Choir / Bradley Almquist. Athena Music Festival (Murray, KY)
Choir of Arlington Street Church / Mark Buckles (Boston, MA)
Choir of First Unitarian Society of Madison / Dan Broner (Madison, WI)
Choir of First Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston / Jason Oby (Houston, TX)

SATB, orchestra
Premiere: Bethlehem Lutheran Choir and Orchestra / David Mennicke (Minneapolis, MN)
Concordia University Choir / David Mennicke (St. Paul, MN)
New Hampshire Master Chorale / Dan Perkins (Concord, NH)

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