2005, for Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass & Piano
Length: 4 minutes
Cost per Copy: $2.50
Success was commissioned by Yavapai Community College
to celebrate the success of their graduates. It is a lyrical
work that can be performed immediately after the work Keep A Pluggin' Away.
The text is based upon a poem entitled What Constitutes
Success by Bessie Stanley.
When I embarked upon writing this work, I initially started with the
text entitled Success and attributed to Ralph Waldo
To laugh often and much;
To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;
To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of
To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others;
To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden
patch or a redeemed social condition;
To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.
This is to have succeeded.