14. Mountain stars
Text: A new poem of 4 stanzas describing the experience of really seeing all the stars for the first time, from some place high in the mountains, on a crisp moonless night:
Musicians: SSAA chorus (sometimes divisi) and piano.
Length: 4 minutes.
Style: The choral equivalent of a Renaissance dance.
Inspiration: "Salimmo su`, el primo e io secondo, tanto ch'i' vidi de le cose belle che porta 'l ciel, per un pertugio tondo. E quindi uscimmo a riveder le stelle." [Dante]
First performance: The Easton Area High School Treble Choir, in Easton, Pennsylvania, 9 May 2012, under direction of Richard H. Davis, with Ryan J. Neel at the piano.
Sptzer Space Telescope
NASA/JPL-Caltech/2MASS/SSI/University of Wisconsin