Like The Lily
About this work:
Like the lily was inspired by the chant Alleluia: Justus germinabit, which appears in the Liber Usualis for the Feast of St. Joseph, March 19. The text for the chant (derived from the Book of Hosea) is:
Justus germinabit sicut lilium: et florebit in aeternum ante Dominum. Alleluia.
(The just shall spring like the lily: and shall flourish forever before the Lord. Alleluia).
I was brought up Catholic. According to the Catholic church, these chants (such as Justus germinabit) were dictated by God to Pope Gregory the Great.
Like the lily was commissioned by the Institut International de Musique Electroacoustique de Bourges.
Year composed: 1999
Ensemble type: Chamber or Jazz Ensemble, Without Voice:Other Combinations, 2-5 players
Instrumentation: 1 Viola, 1 Double bass, 1 Prerecorded Sound (Tape/CD/Other)
Instrumentation notes: This piece also includes an electronic part that is played back on CD. There is also a version of this piece for viola and cello