work details

Life Has Loveliness to Sell

  • Instrumentation: SA and piano
  • Completed: October 2012
  • Duration: 4 minutes
  • Texts: "Barter" by Sara Teasdale (1884-1933)
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  • Commission:

    Commissioned by the Fort Wayne Children's Choir (FWCC) in honor of their 40th Anniversary Season; Jonathan Busarow, artistic director

  • Published:

    Hal Leonard (Henry Leck Creating Artistry Series)

  • Program Note:

    Life Has Loveliness to Sell is an energetic and spirited work for youth chorus and piano. Using the magnificent text of Sara Teasdale, this musical setting depicts the charms, joys, and excitement of the everyday moments we encounter in our lives. The infectious rhythms and melodies paint a picture of life brimming over with wonder and awe.

    The work was commissioned by the Fort Wayne Children's Choir and artistic director Jonathan Busarow in honor of their 40th Anniversary Season.

  • Performances:
    • April 21, 2013 (premiere)
      Fort Wayne Children's Choir
      Jonathan Busarow, artistic director
      Rhinehart Music Center - IPFW Campus - Fort Wayne, IN
    • March 17, 2018
      Oberlin Choristers Honor Choir
      Gregory Ristow, conductor
      Finney Chapel - Oberlin College - Oberlin, OH
    • October 24, 2018
      South Shore Children's Choir
      Gabrielle Gaudreault, conductor
      Schulich School of Music - McGill University - Pollack Hall - Montreal, Canada
    • March 25, 2019
      National Children's Festival Chorus
      Henry Leck, conductor
      Carnegie Hall - New York, NY
    • April 14, 2019 (premiere of Massey orchestration)
      Edmonton Youth Orchestra and Shumayela Choir
      Michael Massey, conductor
      Winspear Centre - Edmonton, Canada