Tenant and Cross Purpose

Porte à Turckheim 1877 Michel Hertrich

Two songs for baritone and cello

I set two sonnets for baritone and cello:

The texts for the poems are presented below.

You can hear a synthesizer performance (with viola standing in for the baritone) of Tenant here:

The Tenant

You can hear a synthesizer performance of the cello part of Tenant here:

The Tenant

You can hear a synthesizer performance (with viola standing in for the baritone) of Cross Purpose here:

Cross Purpose

You can view the score here:

TenantAndCrossPurpose-1up.pdf

You can print the score as a booklet on 11x17 paper from here:

TenantAndCrossPurpose-bklt11x17.pdf

MuseScore source files used to produce the scores above:


"Redemption" by George Herbert, 1633

paraphrased by Art Eschenlauer

    As long-time tenant to a wealthy Lord,
    not thriving, I resolvèd to be bold
    and make suit to the Owner to afford
    a new, reduced-rent lease, and cancel th'old.

      At Heaven's manor, thus, my Lord I sought:
      They told me that my Lord was lately gone
      about some land on Earth, so dearly bought
      quite long ago, to take possession.

    Returning, knowing of my Lord's great birth,
    I searched accordingly in great resorts;
    in cities, theaters, gardens, parks, and courts:

      At length, I heard a ragged noise and mirth
      of thieves and murd'rers: there my Lord I spied,
      who said, "Your suit is granted," and then died.
    

Cross Purpose

Words and melody by Art Eschenlauer

    At Heaven's manor's door I stood and knocked
    to ask my Lord about this mystery.
    I hoped my loving Lord would help me see
    how, from my sin, my spirit is unlocked.

      "My cross is where your condemnation ends,
      so you can view your past without despair,
      and, freed from Satan's sway, you can repair
      relationships and start to make amends."

    It seems I want to have a better past
    with facts that are much less unsettling.
    I want my Savior's precious blood to bring
    me far from those regrets which hold me fast.

      "My child," my Lord said,  "that can never be.
      Accept your past, and know you live with Me."