Scored for: SATB & piano (optional bass & saxophone)
Duration: 6 minutes 30 seconds
Other Info: Third movement of the choral suite Songs of Love commissioned by Elena Sharkova for the Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale in 2012.
The haunting and yearning text is set with an aching melody which starts on upper voices and gradually builds to the whole choir. The piece should be sung in as sustained way as possible, especially in the final four bars to give plenty of space for the piano ripples.
A recording of I Sing Because with piano accompaniment is available on The Call of Wisdom, on the Signum Classics label. It is also available on the album Footprints on the Tyalgum label with bass and sax.
I sing because you loved me once.
I sing when the sun shines,
when it rains and when it snows.
Because you held me in your arms one night.
I am as beautiful as a wide-open lily.
Because you looked at me once
and your soul was in your look
I fix my hair and wear perfume.
Because you admired me walking by
I saw my slender shadow move.
I was born into this world
because you loved me.
Now you are gone.
Because you loved me once,
I too can sweetly die.
So beautifully you loved me once.
I Sing Because from Songs Of Love is published by Boosey & Hawkes. It is available in printed format and also digital downloadable format.