I Heard Voices is a simple, poignant cry for peace using words and images drawn from multiple sources. Musical references are made to Beethoven’s setting of “Dona nobis pacem” from his Missa Solemnis.
Little Lamb who made thee
Dost thou know who made thee
Gave thee life...
Gave thee such a tender voice
I heard Voices, and each one seem'd to pray for peace,
And for compassion, to the Lamb of God
That taketh all sins away. Their prelude still
Was "Agnus Dei"; and through all the choir,
One voice, one measure ran, that perfect seem'd
The concord of their song.
[Dante Alighieri - The Divine Comedy, Purgatory, Canto XVI]
Let the earth hear, and the world:
Peace! Peace to them that are far off, and peace to them that are near.
Dona nobis pacem