the breath of life - Choral Score

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Dan Forrest’s fourth major work continues in the vein of his previous major works, exploring profound themes of what it is to be human. the breath of life ponders the beauty - yet brevity - of human life as portrayed in a single breath. Its profoundly moving texts (ranging from ancient to modern) explore life, loss, and the love that makes life worthwhile. Written just before the events of 2020, this work speaks with a prophetic voice, and would be a deeply fitting tribute for any concert setting, but particularly themes of memorial/remembrance. 

Scored for SATB chorus, strings, solo cello, piano, electronics, percussion, and organ. More details (and free MIDI patch for electronics part) available at, and in the PDF Preview linked below.

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  • Rental (score and parts; required for performance)
  • Optional Full Score for purchase: print or digital (PDF)
  • Optional Organ Part for purchase: print or digital (PDF)
  • MIDI Patch (Logic) for the electronics part is available as a free download at
  • Listening Questions for educators to freely use as a listening assignment and/or group discussion are available here.

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Dan Forrest