La Eternidad (Eternity)

Scoring

SATB divisi

Details

2:30
2004

The Phoenix Bach Choir
Charles Bruffy, director

Paul and Diana Prez in memory of Theresa Perez
for the Phoenix Bach Choir
Charles Bruffy, director

Phoenix Bach Choir
Charles Bruffy, director

E.C.Schirmer No.6648

Program Notes

La Eternidad (Eternity) is an expression of the grace found in the nativity, a moment outside of time that held eternity.

Text / translation

La eternidad

¡Un instante escuchen que cantar quiero,
un instante que estuvo fuera del tiempo!
Escúchenme mientras cante,
que poco habrá que, sufrir,
ques lo que quiero decir sola mente un instante es,
de verdad,
pero tan privilegiado,
que fue un instante cuidado,
¡Ah! instante de toda la eternidad.

-Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz
5th Villancico for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Our Lady
Puebla, 1689

Translation

Eternity 

A moment, hear me –
for I will sing of a Moment held outside of time!
Here me as I sing,
it won’t be any trouble,
what I have to say will be just a moment,
A Moment, in truth,
yet so filled with grace
for such a moment of mindfulness
lies all eternity.

Translated by Steven Sametz