for SATB and Keyboard (1996)
- Premiere: Fall, 1996 / In studio, Boston, MA / American Repertory Singers / Leo Nestor
- Instrumentation: SATB & Keyboard. *The keyboard part has been written so that it may be performed by any three available instruments, such as flute, clarinet, bassoon; 2 violins and cello; flute, violin, bassoon; 2 trumpets, trombone; clarinet, trumpet, cello, etc.
- Duration: 2:40'
- Text: Emily Dickinson (E)
The first version of Hope was completed in New York City on 21 August 1996. Dedicated to Scott Foss and Kitt Reuter Foss, this choral work was commissioned by Scott Foss and composed specifically for publication by Roger Dean; when the piece was turned down by that house, Hagen substantially revised it (finishing the final version of the piece on 14 September 1996), and it was published by E.C. Schirmer, from whom it is still available.
(Banner image: Emily Dickinson)