By Joel Friedman
On 06, Sep 2023 | In Music in the Hall | By Joel Friedman
Sweet Stillness is a plea for peace and understanding, to find that sorely needed space for contemplation and grounding in our dark and troubled world. I compiled the text from an excerpt of Barthold Heinrich Brockes’ poem Süße Stille, sanfte Quelle, in a translation my dear friend and colleague Kay (Dr. K. M. Knittel) offered to me years ago, and newly written words of my own. The work is scored for SATB soloist, SATB chorus, piano, and strings and is dedicated “To Kay Knittel who still lights the world around us.” Sweet Stillness was commissioned by Catholic University of America’s Rome School of Music, Drama and Art.