SOME OVERWHELMING QUESTION (2016)

for horn choir/horn octet

Duration: ca. 5'

Composed for Robbie Oldroyd and the Ithaca College Horn Choir

Premiered on March 31, 2016 in Ford Hall at Ithaca College by the Ithaca College Horn Choir and Robbie Oldroyd, conductor

And would it have been worth it, after all,

After the cups, the marmalade, the tea,

Among the porcelain, among some talk of you and me,

Would it have been worth while,

To have bitten off the matter with a smile,

To have squeezed the universe into a ball

To roll it towards some overwhelming question,

To say: “I am Lazarus, come from the dead,

Come back to tell you all, I shall tell you all”—

If one, settling a pillow by her head

Should say: “That is not what I meant at all;

That is not it, at all.”

- T. S. Eliot, "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock," lines 87-98

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