Is Now Not Enough?

for String Orchestra (4,4,3,2,1 or larger)

Originally composed for and transcribed from a string quartet by the same title

Composed: 2013
Total duration: 8’30”
Published by Gavia Music (ASCAP)

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Is Now Not Enough? explores the restlessness and insatiability of a creative spirit. The same invisible force that propels migrating birds and fish, seems to stir the human imagination in search of the ideal and the transcendent, but can it ever be truly found? The music echoes the themes I have explored earlier in my poem entitled Unfurling (see below).

This piece is available on the following album:


Be still my soul 
What is your unfurling? 
Your trembling 
Your flutter? 
What is your ache? 
A void that’s ever empty 
What is your shape 
That I may fill it? 
Chords unstrummed? 
Songs unsung? 
Words unspoken? 
Colors unseen? 

A flock of geese 
Captured in perpetual takeoff 
You have startled 
The stillness of the pond 
Marred it with ripples 
Your wings 
Water shedding 
Gasping for air 

What is your haste? 
Is now not enough? 
Is here not plenty? 

Run, soul, run 
For stillness be the death of you 
Chase the sun 

©2008 Dosia McKay

Past Performances:

  • The Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra under the direction of Andrew Litton, The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C., June 2022
  • New York City Ballet Orchestra under the direction of Andrew Litton, David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center, New York, NY, September and October 2021
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