Commissioned by Cappella Romana and inspired by the initiatives of His All-Holiness +BARTHOLOMEW Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Robert Kyr’s A Time for Life explores the urgent issue of ecological crisis through texts from the Greek Orthodox Service of the Environment, the Bible, and Native American songs, chants, and prayers.

An environmental oratorio by composer Robert Kyr, commissioned by Cappella Romana in 2007 and now recorded for the first time, this work explores the urgent issue of ecological crisis caused by humanity s inability to live in harmony with the natural world. Kyr’s music wept for the Earth. It shuddered and then grew stronger, blooming into beauty before evaporating in silence. –The Oregonian A Time for Life draws from texts in Greek Orthodoxy, the Bible, and Native American prayers with an ultimately optimistic approach. The work traces a journey from the glory of Creation through potential modern destruction to a hopeful future, in which humanity serves as a responsible steward of the earth and thus realigns itself with the creative forces of existence, resulting in a spiritual awakening that leads from a state of division and separation to the way of unity and wholeness.

Booklet Notes

Album Tracks

Part 1: Creation
1. i. Prologue
2. ii. Proclaiming
3. iii. Arriving
4. iv. Praising
5. v. Trembling
6. vi. Rejoicing
Part 2: Forgetting
7. i. Prologue
8. ii. Supplication I: We Ignore Your Word
9. iii. Witness I: Look and Behold
10. iv. Supplication II: We Devour Your Forest
11. v. Witness II: Breathe and Remember
12. vi. Supplication III: We Defile Your Oceans
13. vii. Witness III: The Survivor
14. viii. Supplication IV: We Destroy Nature
15. ix. Witness IV: Howl, You Shepherds!
16. x. Supplication V: We Pollute the Air
17. xi. Witness V: The Joyless Land
18. xii. Supplication VI: The Dying Planet
19. xiii. Witness VI: The Sacred Way
Part 3: Remembering
20. i. Dance of Life
21. ii. Canticle of Life; First Soliloquy
22. iii. First Canons
23. iv. Chorale, First Verse
24. v. Second Soliloquy
25. vi. Chorale, Second Verse
26. vii. Second Canons
27. viii. Third Soliloquy
28. ix. Chorale, Third Verse
29. x. Third Canons
30. xi. First Chorale
31. xii. Epilogue