Your Soul Is Song

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2 Versions:
1.SATB & piano
2. SSA & piano

Duration: 4:30


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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. He was a choral conductor, had a beautiful tenor voice, and was deeply engaged in the music community.

After a difficult time in his life, Germán wrote this poem — a plea to the power of song and weathering the storms of life. Germán died of a massive aneurism in the middle of a concert, while he was singing, and I can’t move beyond that image and the meaning it brings to these words. Life is not easy, and is never perfect, but there is so much beauty and joy to be found in song.


Instrumentation
SATB & piano, SSA & piano

Duration
4:30

Commissioner
Choirs of America

Premiere
American Festival Choir at Carnegie Hall in March 2019. Jake Runestad, conductor.

Text
Your Soul Is Song
Germán Aguilar

Sing!
When the seams burst,
and the traps ensnare,
and your body breaks,
and the light flees—
Sing then!
For then, your soul is song.


Errata
The following sections have been changed from a previous version. Please use these changes for all future performances. Click each image to open a higher-resolution version.

Measures 18 & 19:

Measures 48-49 and 64-65 (TB voices):

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