The life-affirming poet Walt Whitman is a favourite source of texts for James Rolfe. He says that, “I respond very keenly to Whitman’s personal vision, a fusion of the spiritual and the physical, and his strongly rhythmic language, written with the cadences of the King James Bible in his ear.”

This work was premiered at 'The Music of Arvo Part' concert presented by Soundstreams on October 1, 2013 at Koerner Hall in Toronto, Canada and performed by Shannon Mercer (soprano), Geoffrey Sirett (baritone), Choir 21, Virtuoso String Orchestra and Tonu Kaljuste (conductor).

Learn more about James Rolfe's work in our SoundMakers website: SoundMakers.ca/composers/james-rolfe

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