Harry Stafylakis


Ubi Sunt
for women’s choir, vibraphone, harp, and strings (2008)

Text by Eliana Chilakos

Conducted by Michal Novotny.

Recorded by Jeremy Tusz on November 21, 2009 at Christ Church Cathedral, Montreal (live recording)

Score and parts available for purchase (PDF or hard copy). Send an inquiry through the Contact page.

Ubi Sunt by Eliana Chilakos

While empty streets have been a longest friend,
Their silence never fooled me when they said:
The road to wonder has one tragic end;
But longing for darkness, I moved ahead.

My journey took me far to banished lands,
Where I searched for a time lost and now part
Of a desolate shore and stretched out sands;

And still he reigns inside my lonesome heart,
This man I love whose steps I cannot trace,
Whose face I never saw but virtue always felt;

And though the world his memory erase,
A warrior’s weary spirit does not melt
Like specks of snow, but outlives the barren cold,
Becoming in wisdom a thousand winters old.