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Improving Silence
Three Quaker texts for soprano voice and guitar

The opening bars of Meeting for Worship.

The Quakers have their origins in the Puritan sects of 17th century Britain. They hold to no creed, they have no liturgy or established doctrine, their religious services are meetings held in silence. What might be said to constitute a theology is a rich tradition of testimonial writing of personal experience; it is from this tradition three texts have been chosen, two from the late 17C and one from the beginning of the 20C. These texts have been distilled for setting to music in poetic paraphrase.
No words have been added, but the texts simply stripped of any unnecessary description or amplification until they assume a poetic form. These paraphrases pull together for the composer, who became a member of The Religious Society of Friends in 2009, some of the fundamental aspects of Quaker spirituality, faith and practice.

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