SATB (2001)

Written for submission to the "Waging Peace through Singing" competition. The twisting harmonies propel the music forward and illustrate the struggle to achieve understanding and peace. The text is a collage of statements made by Nobel Peace Prize laureates Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Jody Williams.

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Nobel Laureate, 1991.
Hague Peace Conference, May 12th 1999.
“But by peace I do not mean a life of passivity. I do not mean a life without action, because sometimes we have to act a lot in order to bring about peace.”

Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Laureate 1984.
Hague Peace Conference, May 12th 1999.
“ If we are determined, we have to the capacity to end war. Let us say now, all of us here, let us say so the world can hear – let it reverberate through this roof, let it go to every part of the world.”

Martin Luther King, Jr., Nobel Laureate, 1964.
Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech, December 10th 1964.
“Peace is more precious than diamonds or silver or gold.”
“I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality.”

Jody Williams, Nobel Laureate, 1997.
Hague Peace Conference, May 15th 1999.
“Ordinary people, when they come together, can achieve extraordinary things. Ordinary people, when they come together, can change the world.”

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