The Mount



2015

 

Duration: 6 minutes

Music by Henry Dehlinger
Words by Mark Riddles

High Voice and Piano

Commission

Commissioned by The Casement Fund, New York, NY

Premiere

November 15, 2015 - Danielle Talamantes (soprano), Henry Dehlinger (piano), Episcopal Church of the Holy Trinity, New York, NY | voice and piano

October 23, 2016 - Manchester Symphony Orchestra, Danielle Talamantes (soprano), Scott Humphries (conductor), Cordier Auditorium, North Manchester, IN | voice and orchestra

Notes

Composed for soprano Danielle Talamantes, THE MOUNT is an American art song by Henry Dehlinger with text by poet Mark Riddles. Based on Riddles' collection of sacred poems in which he casts famous biblical passages in remarkable sensory language, The Mount received a resounding ovation at its New York City world premiere on November 15, 2015 in Manhattan’s historic Episcopal Church of the Holy Trinity.

The Mount draws inspiration from the mystical vision of the Transfiguration on Mount Tabor recounted in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke. The ecumenical spirit of Riddles' text may also draw the listener to another dramatic setting from the Hebrew Bible—Mount Horeb, the “Mountain of God” on which, according to the book of Deuteronomy, the Ten Commandments were given to Moses by God.

The Mount's elegant melodic line and use of Phrygian dominant scales evoke the powerful chants of Jewish liturgical music or deep song (cante jondo) of Spain's Moorish past. At The Mount's climax midway through the piece, the vocal line soars above the accompaniment's sweeping arpeggios, then shifts to a lyric pianissimo as it renders Riddles' beautiful verse.

The Mount was commissioned by The Casement Fund through its Triad Grant, which is awarded each year to three artists: a vocalist, composer, and lyricist. Danielle Talamantes, Henry Dehlinger, and Mark Riddles were the award recipients for 2015.

Publisher

Henry Dehlinger Music Publishing

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