The Elements of the Sun Broke into Song

by Melissa Dunphy

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Commissioned by Opus Anglicanum for performance at the 2016 Two Moors Festival.


released April 18, 2017

Performance by Matthew Curtis (
Artwork by Tamarah Tamar Hayardeni, adapted by Melissa Dunphy



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Nationally acclaimed award-winning composer Melissa Dunphy specializes in political and theatrical vocal music, such as the smash hit 2009 choral work the Gonzales Cantata (featured on MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow). Her compositions have been performed around the country by Chanticleer, the Simon Carrington Chamber Singers, St. Louis Chamber Chorus, and the American Opera Theater. ... more


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Track Name: The Elements of the Sun Broke into Song
The elements of the sun,
called Phoenixes and Chalkydri
break into song,
therefore every bird flutters with its wings,
rejoicing at the giver of light,
and they broke into song at the command of the Lord.
The giver of light comes
to give brightness to the whole world,
and the morning guard takes shape,
which is the rays of the sun,
and the sun of the earth goes out,
and receives its brightness
to light up the whole face of the earth.

—The Book of the Secrets of Enoch, chapter 15
Trans. Robert Henry Charles, 1913