Text: 2017, set for choir and orchestra


“Ave Verum,” a collaboration with composer Jake Runestad, was commissioned by the Choral Arts Society of Washington D.C. Scott Tucker, artistic director.

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“Ave Verum.” Music by Jake Runestad, text by Todd Boss. Performed by the Choral Arts Society of Washington D.C. Scott Tucker, conductor, at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., April 2017. More info and purchase scores: jakerunestad.com/store/ave-verum


Mozart Closes His Eyes and Begins Hearing “Ave Verum Corpus”
by Todd Boss

Fill a bath now,
lay the body in.
Gently now, softly now.
Mind him. Tend
him. Red
runs the water
around him, and yet
o warmth, o softness,
with my music let
me kiss him, bless
him, ease him away
at last, at last …
ave, ave …

Note that this recording of the piece leads seamlessly into a performance of Mozart’s Ave Verum Corpus as intended.

Todd Boss is a fiscal year 2016 recipient of an Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, through a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.