Alone in the night

This piece was created in 2018 for a Christmas concert with a women's ensemble, in which, in addition to this piece, Britten's "Ceremony of Carols" and another piece by me, "Winter Stars" for women's choir and harp, were performed.

The “stars” motif runs through all of Teasdale’s work. The poet, who suffered from depression throughout her life, addresses in many of her poems the hope of finally finding peace and quiet from the harsh earthly existence in the stars. One of her most famous poems, “There will be rest,” is also about this.

You can find my setting of “There will be rest” here.

"Stars", by Sara Teasdale (1884-1933):

Alone in the night

On a dark hill

With pines around me

Spicy and still,

And a heaven full of stars

Over my head,

White and topaz

And misty red;

Myriads with beating

Hearts of fire

That aeons

Cannot vex or tire;

Up the dome of heaven

Like a great hill,

I watch them marching

Stately and still,

And I know that I

Am honored to be


Of so much majesty.

Choir: SSAA

Length: 5 min

Frauenensemble des Landesjugendchores Rheinland-Pfalz, Conductor: Julian Mörth, 2018