The Calm of Mountains
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|Year of Composition||2017-18|
|Categories (all composers)||Christopher Fox, Piano & Keyboard, Piano & Keyboard, Solo Piano, Solo Piano|
The Calm of Mountains takes its title from W.H.Auden’s poem ‘Herman Melville’. The poem begins:
Towards the end he sailed into an extraordinary mildness,
And anchored in his home and reached his wife
And rode within the harbour of her hand […]
In the penultimate verse, Auden writes:
He stood upon the narrow balcony and listened:
And all the stars above him sang as in his childhood
“All, all is vanity”, but it was not the same;
For now the words descended like the calm of mountains […]
The Calm of Mountains was written in 2017 and 2018 for Florian Steininger; it is dedicated to him and to the memory of Horațiu Rădulescu. It lasts about 14 minutes.
A recording of this work is available on Music for Piano (John Snijders – piano) from Hat Hut Records.