Peace of Wild Things, The
- Composer: Joan Szymko
- Publisher: Santa Barbara Music Publishing
- Cat No: SBMP 561
- Canadian Composition: No
- Duration: 5:00
- Sample Track:
The exquisite words of American man of letters, academic, cultural and economic critic, and farmer, Wendell Berry are beautifully amplified through this original 2004 composition by Portland-based composer Szymko.
This beautiful work speaks compellingly to choir and audience in the unfolding of Berry’s poem. Since performing it as a massed choir selected at our Tapestry International Celebration of Women’s Choirs in 2012, we have gone on to include this in several concerts and tours. I would not program it where the piano is not in excellent shape, as the rich piano tone lives and supports the tone frequently in the low register.
This lists any discs, concerts or collections where this piece is included.
When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.