Eight of Swords (2019)
for SATB choir | 00:05:00
by Melissa Dunphy | text by Charles Anthony Silvestri
Eight of Swords was commissioned by National Concerts, SJSU Choraliers, and Kirby Chamber Singers in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Women's Suffrage, and is dedicated to National Concerts and co-guest conductors Jeffery Redding & Tesfa Wondemagegnehu. It was given its virtual premiere with guest conductor Jeffrey Benson. The live premiere of this work has been postponed by the COVID-19 pandemic; the score will be available after the live premiere in 2022.
You are powerful,
More powerful than you know.
You may think you stand in darkness,
But you are surrounded by the light.
The veil that blinds,
The bonds that bind you
Are only loosely gathered,
And freedom is but a choice away.
Cast aside these bonds,
And find a strength you never knew,
Swords enough for any battle,
Strength enough for any journey.
The waters of life
Flow from inside you.
You are clothed in fire.
And when the Universe gazes out
Upon her many wonders,
She sees through your eyes.
—Charles Anthony Silvestri
Artwork by Pamela Coleman Smith, Rider-Waite tarot deck (1910)
- 20 Mar, 2023: E.O Smith Chamber Singers at Carnegie Hall, New York, NY
- 08 Dec, 2022: College of Southern Maryland Chamber Choir at Fine Arts Center, La Plata, MD
- 09 Apr, 2022: National Masterwork Chorus and Orchestra at Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage, New York, NY