* “On Chestnut Hill” was originally composed in 1989 for chorus, clarinet, and vibraphone as part of a set of six songs on poems by Richard Beale, under the title A Litany for Courage and the Seasons.
On Chestnut Hill I lean against the wind.
I walk among the grass and the Solomon’s Seal
And watch the yellow moon begin its rise.
I lie where the deer have lain, and ask the skies
Impossible questions: is this phantom real
Who made both night and day?
Is it wise to wish the night away?
** August 6, 1945: the day the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima.