By Aldo Thomas Ceresa
Laurel Hill. S.M.
A G minor fuging tune in 4/4 time. Composed 2009-10.
Text from Charles Wesley, 1763.
Named for Laurel Hill Cemetery in Philadelphia, PA; final resting place of John Wyeth, compiler of Wyeth's Respository of Music, and Repository, Part Second. (I had recently visited Laurel Hill when I began writing the tune in the Fall of 2009.) Laurel Hill was performed by The Art Mob in their Spring, 2010 concerts.
And am I born to die?
To lay this body down?
And must my trembling spirit fly
Into a world unknown?
Wak'd by the trumpet's sound,
I from my grave shall rise,
And see the Judge with glory crown'd,
And see the flaming skies.