Come to the Road

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Come to the Road

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a graduation piece for SATB chorus with divisi (4')

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Completed in April, 2013.

Commissioned by Cornell University for performance at its 145th Commencement Ceremonies. Premiered on May 25, 2013 by the Cornell University Chorus and the Cornell University Glee Club, conducted by John Rowehl.

Text: adapted from "To the Road" by Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906)

Finished two years ago and commissioned by Cornell University for performance at its 145th Commencement Ceremonies, Come to the Road, with poetry by the great American writer Paul Laurence Dunbar, is a serene work of considerable impact, beckoning the listener repeatedly to a wanderer’s way upon the road of life. Wadsworth’s musical language gets this idea just perfectly with lush harmonic chordal parallelism, gentle lyricism, and quiet hypnotic self-assurance, inviting the listener to a bucolic carefree world.
— Stephan Bonfield, the Calgary Herald