And When I Rise
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pdf score, mp3s of recording, rehearsal tracks, piano-only track – piano/SATB or a cappella/SATB – words by Wendell Berry, adapted by Wendy Tuck – music by Wendy Tuck – arranged by Peter Amidon
This is a free download; you get pdfs of the piano/SATB score and the vocal score, mp3 of the recording of the song, four rehearsal mp3s of the soprano, alto, tenor and bass parts, and an mp3 of just the piano track. Recorded by Louisa Sullivan Hungate, Emma Schneider (soloist), Cora Nielsen Kelly, Emily Miller, Suzannah Park, Arthur Davis, Rhys Glennon, Nathan Morrison, Stefan Amidon and Guillaume Sparrow-Pepin, and mixed by Al Stockwell. This works well as both an a cappella SATB piece and as this piano/SATB arrangement which Peter Amidon wrote for his Guilford (VT) Community Church UCC Choir in 2018. You can also sing it as a call and response: “And when I die, And when I die, Let me die, Let me die…“, which is how the Amidons first learned it from Dr. Kathy Bullock, and as Matt Watroba does here. The original song is Wendy Tuck’s 1974 setting of her adaptation of Wendell Berry’s Stanza VIII on page 57, in “Prayers and Sayings of the Mad Farmer” in Wendell Berry’s book, “Farming: A Handbook”, published in 1967. Peter Amidon’s piano/SATB arrangement of Wendy Tuck’s setting of Wendell Berry’s poem was inspired by Plum Village’s arrangement recorded in France in 2016. Here is a Youtube of Peter Amidon’s arrangement that includes the written music. And here is a lovely solo/piano performance of the Amidon arrangement by Bianca De Maria.
And When I Rise
adapted by Wendy Tuck from Wendell Berry
And when I rise, let me rise
Like a bird, joyfully.
And when I fall, let me fall
Like a leaf, gracefully, without regret.