for 2 choirs (each Soprano I, Soprano II, Alto I, Alto II, Tenor I, Tenor II, Bass I, Bass II)  

The text of O that you would kiss me comes from the Old Testament’s Song of Solomon, which Rolfe describes as “like a deep well of yearning; it brims with the excitement and the anxiety which love brings, and expresses them in beautifully physical language.” In this setting, the voices caress each other with shared motifs, at close intervals, weaving in and out at close quarters, touching or overlapping in an embodiment of the intense physicality of the text. Harmonies are often consonant and rooted, in part to maintain the clarity of the score’s sixteen closely woven parts. 

Performed by:
Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
Elmer Iseler Singers
T├Ánu Kaljuste, conductor

Commissioned by Soundstreams with generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts.