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Searching Deep
for SATB a cappella choir
(2018)

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This piece is based on a poem about a photograph called the “Hubble Deep Field”. The image was made by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope pointing at a seemingly black and empty piece of space, then taking time exposures lasting many days. What the photo shows are ancient galaxies that existed in the universe billions of years ago. They are so far away that their light is only now reaching the telescope – millions, even billions of years after all their stars have died. In other words, while we see nothing in that piece of sky, the telescope can still see what used to be there. In the end, of course, we will never truly know what, if anything, is still there. We can only stare into “empty” black space and imagine...

(performance time ca. 4' 20")

 

Searching Deep

Look deeper
Fix a gaze
For months
Into an abyss
Letting in blackness
Slowly assembled
As faint remnants of light
Cast from ancient stars
That humans never knew
That died in eons past
Now moving forever
Through the space of time
Still unfolding
In silence
As we gaze
At nothing


poem © 2018, Paul SanGregory