SATB / Medum

The questions, however simple and short, can take up a lot of space in our minds, leading to insomnia and uncertainty. This piece tackles a simple premise and the overload of textures that generate confusion and harassment. It contains literally whispered secrets, hidden truths and disturbing harmonies. A surprising piece for any type of choir.

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About the composition process

Dr. Joseph Ohrt commissioned this piece for the Central Bucks High School-West Choir in 2019. This work represents the first collaboration I made with the poet Charles Anthony Silvestri. It was really an emotional challenge working with him as from a young age I admired his work. I felt like I had to put my feet in really big shoes. Fortunately, I am very happy with the result obtained and I hope that your choir can enjoy this work. A work with a simple poem contrasting with complex harmonies.


Sometimes I wonder …
I’m made in the image and likeness of God,
Or so the Bible tells me;
But when God looks down at his belly,
Does he see The same belly-button there as me?

But if God has a belly-button,
Who can his Mother be?
And if God does not,
Then I am not like He.
So I wonder,
Either I’m not made in the image of God,
Or God is not who he’s supposed to be.

Charles Anthony Silvestri

Being a self-published composer

I am a self-published composer. My philosophy is to create unity between people. For this reason, I value the composer-director and composer-choir relationship, providing a complete service for those who incorporate these works into the repertoire.

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