||"The Glorious Privilege of Being" by Douglas Hill was written in 2000 for Voice and Piano. It was originally written as a choral work for ellsworth snyder and the First Unitarian Society Choir, Madison, WI. The remarkable poem ("April Theology" from Lyric and Dramatic Poems) whose text was chosen for this setting was a life-long favorite of itís author John G. Neihardt (1881-1973). Mr. Neihardt was designated the "Poet Laureate" of Nebraska in 1921 and was later named Prairie Poet Laureate of America in 1968. He is best remembered as an authority on the customs and traditions of the Sioux Indians as demonstrated through his books: Black Elk Speaks and A Cycle of the West. This setting by Douglas Hill is a wonderful recital piece...very unique.