Sojourn for SATB choir and four violins, text by Albert Einstein from his essay "The World as I see it"; 
first performed October 6, 2007 at the inauguration of Stephen Emerson as President of Haverford College.

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How strange is the lot of us mortals!  Each of us is here for a brief sojourn; for what purpose he knows not, though he sometimes thinks he senses it. 

But without deeper reflection one knows from daily life that one exists for other people - first of all for those upon whose smiles and well-being our own happiness is wholly dependent, and then for the many, unknown to us, to whose destinies we are bound by the ties of sympathy.  

A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life are based on the labors of others, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving...   

Alfred Einstein, from his essay,  “The World as I See it” (Mein Weltbild, 1931) as translated by the American Institute of Physics,   <http://www.aip.org/history/einstein/essay.htm>, used with permission.

 

 

 

                                           Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

                                           Albert Einstein (1879-1955)