One of the most amazing experiences I’ve ever had is silently watching a quiet snowfall. It seems to me that there is something about it which puts us directly in touch with our creator. The terrain and the air itself seem to come alive in their metamorphosis from trees, grass and sky to something nearly devoid of color and almost unrecognizable as its former self—an utterly pure world with snowflakes softly falling to rest on the earth. The text, an amalgamation of poems by E.E. Cummings all created in awe of nature, seemed to capture perfectly the beauty of silently falling snow.
winter was commissioned by the Northern Arizona University Shrine of the Ages Choir (Dr. Edith Copley, conductor) and received its premiere December 4, 2003. It is dedicated with love and gratitude to Ed, Brion, Jessica and Eric Grant.
This piece is one of four a cappella works which uses the seasons as its inspiration. They can be performed starting on any of the movements as long as the cycle progresses in the cyclical order of the seasons.