Matt Van  Brink - composer, pianist, lyricist, educator

Be Music, Night (2010)

Mixed Chorus (SATB) a cappella | 4 mins.
setting of a poem by Kenneth Patchen
Available from Hayo Music


Certain prayers read like beautiful poems as much as paeans to God. In his love poems, Kenneth Patchen (1911-1972) invokes God through a surprising variety of images. Patchen did not seem to be a religious man, yet his work is sprinkled with this Godly imagery. And it is putty for his lyrical expressions of love.

"Be Music, Night" by Kenneth Patchen, used by permission of New Directions Publishing.

Commissioned and first performed by C4