Everyone Sang


SATB choir a cappella

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University of Illinois Choir

University of Illinois Choir

Program Notes

“Everyone Sang” was commissioned by the students, alumni and friends of Dr. Chester L. Alwes to honor twenty years of teaching at the University of Illinois. It was premiered in a surprise performance by members of the University of Illinois Choir and alumni for Dr. Alwes in 2002.


Everyone Sang

Everyone suddenly burst out singing;
And I was filled with such delight
As prisoned birds must find in freedom,
Winging wildly across the white
Orchards and dark-green fields; on–on–and
out of sight.

Everyone’s voice was suddenly lifted;
And beauty came like the setting sun;
My heart was shaken with tears, and horror
Drifted away… O, but Everyone
Was a bird; and the song was wordless; the singing
will never be done.

-Siegfried Sassoon