Instrumentation: SATB Chorus
Commission: Judith Clurman
The Election Singers, Judith Clurman conductor
Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
Opinion is Power was commissioned by choral conductor Judith Clurman for a program of pieces based on brief phrases by different American presidents. My phrase comes from a letter of Thomas Jefferson, in which he holds that people will eventually come to a correct understanding about the value of democratic government and that, since opinion is power, it will come about!