In the Stillness (Hennessy)
About this work:
World premier sung by baritone Peter Van Derick February 22, 1995 with composer accompanying at a concert by Positive Music at the Lesbian and Gay Center in New York City.
Deep inside us in the aquifers of the soul run the waters of truth. I sought healing at a center for alternative therapy in London and met a man there who became a mentor and lover. In The Stillness poured forth when I returned to the United States. It is a mystical love ballad evoking the union of two people on that innermost terrain: the soul.
This song can be found on the Newport Classic compact disc, Women’s Voices (NPD85613) pairing Ned Rorem’s cycle Women’s Voices with Seven Songs of Martin Hennessy.
Available through Classical Vocal Reprints Four Songs Volume 1 (CVR3261) or contact composer for a lower key.
Version: high voice and piano
Year composed: 1993
Ensemble type: Voice, Solo or With Chamber or Jazz Ensemble:Solo Voice with Keyboard
Instrumentation: 1 Piano, 1 High Voice