And For A Breath Printed Scores
SATB or SSAA with Piano.
Commissioned for the 2018 Missouri Music Educators Association Conference, And For A Breath evokes both the simple imagery of Teasdale's words, as well as the profound nature of her message.
"And for a breath of ecstasy
Give all you have been, or could be."
Life has loveliness to sell,
Music like a curve of gold,
Scent of pine trees in the rain,
Eyes that love you, arms that hold,
And for your spirit's still delight,
Holy thoughts that star the night.
Spend all you have for loveliness,
Buy it and never count the cost;
For one white singing hour of peace
Count many a year of strife well lost,
And for a breath of ecstasy
Give all you have been, or could be.
From “Barter”, by Sara Teasdale