When First the Light

 

When First the Light, for solo cello and piano; 8 minutes.

Commissioned by Graham Nelson.

For Michelle.  

Premiered by the Graham Nelson and Michael Touchi.

When first the light

Laid down to darkness

The buried blight and weathered rime

To rouse from night

Entrenched communion and blessed bonds

To waken you

 

Then in our verdant wake

Arose a valiant hue

Upon the vale

Upon the pyres

Climbing high into a radiant beacon

Calling ever still

Into the depths

Into the hills

And reaching out with waves of color taking wing

Yet should colors ever fade

And should courage ever pale

Turn your heart unto the vibrant song

Still blooming in your trail

And calling back to you across the vale

 

When first the light

Laid down to darkness

The buried blight and weathered rime

To rouse from night

Entrenched communion and blessed bonds

To waken you