Text by Margaret Fuller.
Commissioned by BeaconArts and the City of Beacon.
Premiered May 21, 2016, at Beacon Visitors Center, Beacon, NY.
Freedom & Truth, with its text by Margaret Fuller, discusses the important relationship of these two ideals. It is part of a growing cycle of songs entitled We Hold These Truths. Other songs in the cycle include The New Colossus, a setting of the inscription on the Statue of Liberty, with text by Emma Lazarus. Both poems were written at a time when the very fact of being a woman writer was taboo, yet the strength of their words still rings true today. The third song in the cycle examines a Biblical phrase co-opted during the early days of women’s struggle for equal rights – “Give her the fruit of her hands and let her own works praise her in the gates.” The cycle will soon include its namesake, a setting of a portion of the Declaration of Independence, We Hold These Truths.
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