Evening Wind
An a cappella setting for mixed chorus of a poem by Marjorie W. Avery. This piece can be found on the CD Evening Wind, available in the Store.

Duration: 5'
Difficulty: 4/5

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Text
Come Home
Marjorie W. Avery

Evening wind, from over the blue black darkness of the sea,
Your sighs are as a spoken word to me,
Wafted in quietness, as on a flight of angel wings,
Soft as a word whispered, caressingly, in the night,
A word from my Beloved brought by you, O evening wind.
“Come home,” I hear you whisper.
“Your Beloved calls you home.”

Evening wind, my soul has been waiting long for this great flight.
Beyond the twinkling circlet of the night,
Between portals of time and space, I go to Him.
Above the swirling breakers of the galaxies,
Crested with spume of cosmic dust,
There, at the margin of created space, my Beloved waits for me.
I see His face, and I am home at last.

–Copyright 2001 by Marjorie W. Avery. All rights reserved. Used by permission.
Commission & Performance History
Evening Wind was composed for Marjorie W. Avery and was premiered by Aviarium, directed by Sandra Fryling, on 24 April 2005 at the Episcopal Church of the Blessed Sacrament in Placentia, CA. It was recorded in 2006 by Grammy Award-winning Peter Rutenberg and Los Angeles Chamber Singers for their CD Evening Wind: Choral Music of J.A.C. Redford. The work has since been performed by college and professional choruses such as LSU’s A Cappella Choir under Kenneth Fulton and de Angelis Vocal Ensemble, directed by Matthew Gray at the Mission Basilica in San Juan Capistrano.