by Brian Cockburn

With its melancholy depth and regret, Leaves of Men of Leaves illustrates the sadness of a life not fully lived.   Each of the three verses remind us that the leaves that have been “raked into neat cerebral patterns” eventually break beneath our feet like “clairvoyant glass” leaving us empty and regretful.  The coda’s rising sequences of thirds instill hope but eventually resign themselves to the “neat cerebral patterns once again.”   This work is ideal for a moderate to good male quartet or chorus.

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