“Look for the beauty in everything. There you will find a gift, a gift that makes you whole.” With these words, a lyrical soprano solo likening the centre of a flower to the soul of Nature, opens the piece. A contrasting imitative giocoso middle section follows, which sings in the new day as the melody opens to embrace the future, singing for joy and love’s eternity.
The Gift features beautiful enharmonic changes and a sparkling piano accompaniment. It is dedicated to my daughter Annette, on the occasion of her 21st birthday.