the my-ste-ry of faith

text by Cortlandt Matthews

written for the 2019 Longy Divergent Studio


Soprano. Oboe, Piano.



the my-ste-ry of faith

soft light
catches a
column of
sacred smoke

seeming, to
insist that there’s
so much more than
observation could
ever offer.

I sigh,
and try to ignore the fluorescent bulb,
and the clanging thurible
through reverend
monsignor’s lavalier microphone.


  • 6/18/2019 (premiere)

    • Corrine Byrne, soprano; Kemp Jernigan, oboe; Donald Berman, piano

    • Longy School of Music - Cambridge, MA

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