Just as the ancient practice of alchemy endeavored to turn dross into gold, this set of Teasdale poems traces through its four movements a series of poetic and musical transformations along life's journey: grief turns into gold, impermanence and the fear of loss transform into love, a sheen of iridescence is conveyed to us by our lovers, and finally, the ultimate transformation occurs when we pursue the path that beauty unfolds for us. The meter and rhythm are derived from speech. This piece contains many instances of jazz based harmonies, which results in a colorful harmonic palette.
Alchemy is a popular piece, especially with university ensembles and skilled community choruses.
- Living Gold
- Cups of Fire
- Jewelled Blaze
- O Beauty