A Change of Worlds (2017) 


5 minutes


Mixed Choir, SATB


A Change of Worlds is set to the composer’s adaptation of a speech given by Chief Seattle of the Suquamish Tribe in 1854. The Chief decries the loss of his tribal lands and nobly asserts the indistinguishable spirit of his people:

When my tribe is a memory
these shores we love will swarm
with our invisible dead.

In all the Earth
there is no place
dedicated to solitude.

But when the land is silent
my people will return.

There is no death,
only a change of worlds.


Midi mockup by Jonathan Keith