MARIE-CLAIRE SAINDON

choral, instrumental, traditional and multimedia music

WHEN A THOUGHT OF WAR COMES

Author: 'Abdu'l-Bahá

TITLE: When A Thought Of War Comes

INSTRUMENTATION: SATB divisi

TIME: 5m30s

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TEXT (unsung)

"When a thought of war comes, oppose it by a stronger thought of peace. A thought of hatred must be destroyed by a more powerful thought of love." - 'Abdu'l-Bahá, Paris Talks, 1911

PROGRAM NOTES

"When a Thought of War Comes" is based on a quote from the transcript of a talk given by 'Abdu'l-Bahá in Paris, 1911. It is a wordless/lyric-less choral exploration: what happens when we confront personal thoughts of war and hatred? What may it look like to tirelessly strive to eradicate said thoughts, even if they may resurface again in the near future?

Written during the Choral Arts: Conductors & Composers 2020 program at the Banff Centre forArts and Creativity.