The Calm of Mountains

for piano

Christopher Fox

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Composer Christopher Fox
Year of Composition 2017-18
Duration ca.14'
ISMN 9790570683710

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Catalogue ID ce-cf1com1


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.