And So I Go On

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The Story

When Germán Aguilar passed away unexpectedly in the summer of 2014, it was a huge loss to our world. Germán had a warm, kind personality and a love for life, teaching, and the people around him - especially his fiancé Jon Talberg. After Germán's death, Jon was cleaning out Germán's wallet and found the only card inside was mine. I had given it to Germán when we met in January of 2014. Jon soon contacted me and asked if I would write a piece of music in memory of Germán - I was honored to do so.

I hope this music captures an element of Germán's life as an amazing man and lover of music. Also, I hope the music will serve as a form of healing to those who experience it and who continue to suffer from this immense loss. Todd Boss, the amazing poet who wrote an original text for this work, beautifully captured the message we want to leave with you: "And so I go on, always, wherever you are, my lovely one."
 


Instrumentation
SSAATTBB choir and soprano solo

 


Duration
7:00

 


Commissioner
Dr. Jonathan Talberg, Cal State Long Beach and Dr. Edith Copley, Northern Arizona University in memory of Germán Aguilar.

 


Text:

And So I Go On
by Todd Boss
And So I Go On
 


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Listen to an audio feature on "And So I Go On" from Minnesota Public Radio: Listen Here

2 reviews for And So I Go On

  1. Frank A Robertson

    Beautiful and moving. Hope to have it sung at my memorial.

  2. Joshua Fuller

    If not the best, easily one of Runestad’s best pieces, and one of the most moving choral pieces ever written. Having sung this piece, there is no more a moving moment than the wail of the Sopranos at “my love” at the climax before the soft moving “And So I go on”. A gem of a piece that belongs in the repetoire of every choir that can sing it.

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