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Lay me on a bed of moss

4 soloists and opt. SATB choir
A new work to be composed by Jonathan Posthuma
Difficulty: 3 · Medium
Length: 5 minutes

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A setting of lush poetry by Midwest poet and composer Carl Buttke. Four soloists (high, medium high low, medium low, low) will be featured with opt. accompaniment by SATB choir. The lines are intended to be flexible and adaptable for a variety of voice types. Appropriate for a chamber choir, jazz or madrigal singers, for high school, college, or professional groups. Perusal score of in-progress sketches available by request.


Lay me on a bed of moss
Let my eyes caress the stars
And my limbs the earth below

Lay me down in an open pasture
Let summer's breath wash over my face
And evening's sigh bathe me in chill dew

Lay my body down beneath the old oak tree
Let the sound of songbirds soothe my soul to sleep
And the silent footsteps of twilight slip by

Lay my broken body down beside the still river
Let the incense of ages past wander through my lungs
And the taste of time meander across my dry lips

Lay my joyful broken body down
To rest
And chant rejoice
Let me leave my burdens
And live forevermore in love

Lodi, Wisconsin

Copyright: Carl Buttke

About Jonathan Posthuma

Jonathan Posthuma (b. 1989) is a composer based in Saint Paul, Minnesota with a growing catalogue of choral and vocal works. He graduated from Dordt University with a degree in Secondary Music Education: Choral and Instrumental, then received a Master’s in Music Composition from University of Wisconsin – Madison. As a singer, he has performed with several choirs in Minnesota and Wisconsin, including VocalEssence, mPLS, Aliro Voices, Kantorei, and the Green Lake Festival Chorus, all of which have premiered several of his choral works in recent years.