Song for a Lily (from Movement 7)
Song for a Lily (from Movement 7)
Song for a Lily (from Movement 7)
Song for a Lily (from Movement 7)

Song for a Lily (from Movement 7)

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"Song for a Lily?" comes from movement 7 of "Tuvayhun - Beatitudes for a Wounded World" where it follows Matt 5:4, "Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted."

May be performed with organ or strings.

You must purchase one copy for each singeand a minimum of 20 copies. If you need fewer copies, please contact us. It is illegal to photocopy this score beyond the amount purchased. You will receive links to download the scores after checkout. 

  • Voices: SATB or SSAA chorus (or solo soprano)
  • Duration: 4 minutes
  • Instrumentation: Organ or strings

World premiere 27 & 28 April 2018 at Angel Orensanz Center, New York City by the Manhattan Girls Chorus, Michelle Oesterle, Artistic Director.

European premiere 31 March 2019 at Nidaros Cathedral, Trondheim, Norway by the Nidaros Cathedral Girl’s Choir, Anita Brevik, Artistic Director.




 Solo Soprano

Leaving you behind
Is the hardest thing I’ve ever done.
Leaving you behind,
You who were my everything.

Keep the memory of me,
And may my memory be a blessing—
The songs, smiles, and laughter—
Every little thing that made you love me.

Love is powerful
In life as well as death;
For even as I die,
Eternal is my love for you.

Leaving you behind
Only makes our bonding stronger,
Vaster, longer,
Every day, in every way.

By Charles Anthony Silvestri

"Song for a Lily" is dedicated to the life of Lily Kate Powell, daughter of composer and conductor Timothy Michael Powell and his wife Jennifer Powell, both friends of Charles Anthony Silvestri. 9-year-old Lily Kate was a vibrant, intelligent, creative, and loving presence – she sang, danced, played piano, wrote poetry, and acted in plays – and her tragic death in a car accident inspired the poem. Her name forms an acrostic (each line beginning with a letter from her name) and is a tribute to a young life tragically cut short.

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We recommend printing this score on tabloid size (11×17 inches) paper in booklet style (folded in half) with staples down the middle.

The scores are delivered in a digital PDF format with a portrait letter paper size (8.5 x 11"/216 x 280 mm), 12 pages (8 pages in the solo soprano version).

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The score includes organ accompaniment. String parts are available for purchase.

Note: You must purchase one digital score for EACH singer (and musician) performing the piece, even if they do not read music. It is a breach of copyright to perform a work without a licensed copy for each performing member of the ensemble participating in the performance.

The license does NOT include the rights to record or make a recording of the work available commercially or online without further agreement. Read about licensing here.


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