The Hill has Something to Say

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The Hill has Something to Say, Craig Harris’ composition based on a poem by Rita Dove.

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The Hill has Something to Say

"The Hill has Something to Say" - from Craig Harris' composition based on a poem by poet Rita Dove.
“The Hill has Something to Say” – from Craig Harris’ composition based on a poem by poet Rita Dove. © Interference Arts 2012

The Hill has Something to Say is a composition by Craig Harris, based on a poem by renowned poet Rita Dove. The poem expresses the depth and meaning of all that has unfolded through time on the hill, and reinforces the thread that holds all time together in us.

This composition was commissioned for soprano Renée Fleming, and premiered in 2000 at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, with Richard Bado on piano, on a concert of live American composers.

The Hill has Something to Say was written for Soprano, Piano and Amphora. The amphora is comprised of a series of soundscape tracks based on sampled and transformed blown bottle tones. The sound is a full-bodied, breathy, resonant, pure bottle tone, like the whistling of the wind surrounding and embracing the hill, heard as if one could quiet the outside world and internal turmoil long enough to really listen to its ebb and flow. The sound is thrust into an ever moving, ever breathing exchange with the piano, over which the voice finds expression in the poetic circumspection of life as viewed through the lens of this slowed state of being.

Learn more about The Hill has Something to Say and view Rita Dove’s poem here.

This recording includes Norah Long as soprano, with Craig Harris on piano. The Hill Has Something to Say is available for download in mp3 format (great for general music listening), or in wav format (high resolution listening and public presentation).

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The Hill Has Something to Say was underwritten by the American Composers Forum, with funds provided by the Jerome Foundation, and by the Hanson Institute for American Music. “The Hill Has Something to Say” from Museum: Poems by Rita Dove, Carnegie Mellon University Press, Pittsburgh, PA. © 1992 by Rita Dove. Reprinted by permission of the author.

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