Life presents the puzzles (Thurlow Weed)

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  • (Posted 2014-12-23)   CPDL #33824:     
Editor: Thurlow Weed (submitted 2014-12-23).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 21 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: There are a number of puzzles involved musically, which are intended to reflect the text both musically and theologically. An additional puzzle is found in the tune name, which is pronounced "cook-no."

General Information

Title: Life presents the puzzles
Composer: Thurlow Weed
Lyricist: Michael Hudson

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn for Epiphany   Meter: 65. 65

Language: English
Instruments: Keyboard

First published: 2014

Description: This composition is intended as a musical interpretation of the text. The first verse speaks of puzzles that we attempt to solve, and also talks of balance. The beginning of the second staff balances the beginning of the first staff by means of an opposite, or balancing, movement. The "puzzle" is represented by the alternation of major and minor from one measure to the next. The odd and uncomfortable result directly illustrates our experience in life's puzzles which we call upon our wisdom and knowledge to solve. Each verse except the last ends with a curious turn to indicate that the puzzle is not yet solved. The text of the final verse resolves the puzzle delineated previously, and thus the tune resolves pleasantly as well. An additional puzzle is found in the tune name, which is pronounced "cook-no."

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

1.Life presents the puzzles
Wisdom moves to solve --
living in the balance,
seasoned faith evolves.

2. One soul longs for meaning,
questing every day,
gaining in the seeking
faith to find her way.

3. One soul keeps tradition,
trusting truths long known,
gaining in the keeping
faith beyond his own.

4. Each will need the other
in their kindred search,
gaining in the meeting
one enduring Church.

From Songs for the Cycle ©2004 by Michael Hudson.

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