A More Perfect Union: Testaments of Freedom, Peace, and Equality

A MORE PERFECT UNION: TESTAMENTS OF FREEDOM, PEACE & EQUALITY was an ECMC concert CD recorded live on Friday, May 16th at 8:00pm at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Brooklyn, New York.

Contemporary men’s choral works celebrating freedom, peace, and equality, including settings of inspiring texts by Presidents Lincoln and Jefferson, a setting of speeches and letters by Susan B. Anthony composed by Rebekah Driscoll, and a world premiere of Rumi’s One Song by composer John Conahan.

ONE SONG - Choral Piece by John Conahan. LIVE PERFORMANCE by The Empire City Men's Chorus under the artistic direction of Matthew D. Oltman. This is a setting for TTBB piano, performed at the Church of the Holy Trinity in New York City. More information and additional scores, visit www.johnconahan.com (© John Conahan).


Playlist

1
One Song (World Premiere)
John Conahan (b. 1974)
Text by Jalal Ad-Din Muhammad Rumi (1207-1273)

2
What Do You Think I Fought For at Omaha Beach?
Melissa Dunphy (b. 1980)
Text taken from testimony before the Maine State Congress by Phillip Spooner (1922-2013), April 22, 2009
Edward Angelo Enrique, soloist

3
Out of Her Place
Rebekah Driscoll (b. 1980)
Texts excerpted from speeches and letters penned by Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906)
Ariel Estrada, soloist

4
The Gettysburg Address
Mark Hayes (b. 1953)
Speech by President Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), November 19, 1863

5
“We Do Enact”
David Avshamolov (b. 1946)
From Principles Text from the Statute of Virginia
for religious freedom, penned by President Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), introduced in 1779, enacted in 1786

The Testament of Freedom
Randall Thompson (1899-1984)
Texts excerpted from essays and letters penned by President Thomas Jefferson

6
I. The God Who Gave Us Life Gave Us Liberty

7
II. We Have Counted the Cost of this Contest

8
III. We Fight Not for Glory nor for Conquest

9
IV. I Shall Not Die Without a Hope