Light Through Windows was written in 2016. Meant to evoke the wonder one feels when a darkened window reveals its glory, the a cappella choral piece draws a parallel between a stained-glass window and an illuminated manuscript. The piece was recently recorded by Vox16, conducted by Markdavin Obenza.
Hushed, grey, a tall cathedral, washed in faint morning light. Day breaks through darkened windows, brushing away the night. Light through windows Light through stained-glass windows Tales cast and retold in shades of scarlet Silver, sky-blue, sea-green, sage Sun-dappled rose, russet and gold Revelation in the nave Light through windows Light through stained-glass windows On a lectern lie scores of sacred music Neumes, breves, calligraphy Rimmed in red, glistening with gold, Recitation on the page Gold on parchment Gold on ecru parchment Light floods the floor as Sunbeams stream in, Cascading ’cross stone walls, Arches, apse and pillars glow Lux Aeterna O Light through windows Silver, sky-blue, sea-green, sage Light through stained-glass windows Like a manuscript gilded, the church is resplendent. Stories and windows illumined. —Caroline Mallonee