Notes: This piece was commissioned by the Alberta Centennial Choir, Dr. Leonard Ratzlaff, conductor for special performances celebrating Alberta's centennial year, 2005. The Massed Choir consisted of over 200 singers from around the province, and they presented performances in Alberta's three largest cities, Calgary, Edmonton, and Lethbridge.
Singers to come, what thoughts will start To song? What words of yours be sent Through man's soul, and with earth be blent? These worlds of nature and the heart Await you like an instrument.
Who knows what musical flocks of words Upon these pine-tree tops will light, And crown these towers in circling flight, And cross these seas like summer birds, And give a voice to the day and night?
Something of you already is ours; Some mystic part of you belongs To us whose dreams your future throngs, Who look on hills, and trees, and flowers, Which will mean so much in your songs.
from A Poet's Fancies IX
Performed by: Alberta Centennial Choir, Dr. Leonard Ratzlaff, conductor