What Is Beauty, Then?
for SSATB chorus
Text: Christopher Marlowe
Commission: Crescent City Chamber Choir
Premiere: Crescent City Chamber Choir
St. Stephen's Church, New Orleans, LA
Nov 21, 1976
Composer Notes: I have loved the rhetorical beauty of English Renaissance language (Shakespeare, Marlowe, Robert Herrick, The Book of Common Prayer, The King James Bible, and so on) ever since I was a teenager. I sang in a madrigal group as an undergraduate, and this work reveals some affinities with the English madrigalists.