Candle in the Wind (1991)

Instrumentation: women’s choir (SA), flute, and piano

Text by the composer

Duration: 6:00

Commissioned by Betty Hensley, a flute performer, teacher, and collector in Wichita, Kansas. Dedicated to Betty Hensley, who played the flute part at its premier, and Betty Welsbacher, long-time director of the choir at the First Unitarian Church of Wichita.

Premiered at First Unitarian Church of Wichita; May 19, 1991.

Notes: The text arises from the simple image of a candle burning (hopefully, joyfully, etc.) in the wind. The piece is in an ABA “song” form; it presents a Lydian-Mixolydian twist to a basic E-flat major tonality ion the lyrical outer sections. The dance-like middle section shifts between Dorian and Mixolydian and emphasizes open 4ths and 5ths.


Like a candle in the wind,

Let hope shine on!

Like a candle in the wind,

Let hope shine on!

Let love shine on!

Let joy shine on!

Like a candle in the wind,

Let hope shine on!

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