Revelation, Thomas

SATB, piano

An expansive setting of the famous text of universal spirituality and individualism by Emerson.

Program Note

Revelation for choir and piano is set to an excerpt from Emerson’s famous essay, “The Oversoul.” It was commissioned by University Unitarian Church, in celebration of their 100th anniversary.


Let us learn the revelation
Of all nature and thought;
That the Highest dwells within us,
That the sources of nature
Are in our own minds.

It comes to the lowly and simple;
It comes as insight;
It comes as serenity and grandeur.

Within us is the soul of the whole;
The wise silence,
The universal beauty,
To which every part and particle is equally related,
The eternal One.

When it breaks through our intellect,
It is genius;
When it breathes through our will,
It is virtue;
When if flows through our affections,
It is love.

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About Karen P. Thomas

Karen P. Thomas, composer and conductor, is the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Seattle Pro Musica. Her compositions are performed and broadcast throughout the world, by groups such as The Hilliard Ensemble and the Vocal Consort of Brussels. Her works are published by Lucis Music and Santa Barbara Music Publishing, and have been featured at numerous ACDA and AGO conferences. A prize-winning composer, she has received grants from the NEA, The American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, and Meet the Composer, among numerous others. As a conductor, Ms. Thomas has produced nine critically-acclaimed CDs, and received the Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence and the ASCAP-Chorus America Award. She has appeared as guest conductor at international festivals in Europe and North America, and the NPR radio show Saint Paul Sunday. She received the 2012 Outstanding Choral Director Award for Washington State, and currently serves on the boards of the Pacific NW Chapter for the Recording Academy (Grammy), the American Choral Directors Association (NW Division), and the Greater Seattle Choral Consortium.