I’m a huge fan of this piece for several reasons. The first being it’s “Eric Whitacre-ness” style with close harmonies and clever progressions. The second being how the music compliments the text so well.
Sara Teasdale is one poet who seemed to write in a style with obvious musical undertones and desires. This piece, with the text longing for peace and serenity during troublesome times, almost answers that prayer, bringing calmness upon listening or singing the music.
I love how certain chord progressions or melodic structures can symbolize human feelings. For this piece, you know exactly what “hope” and “stillness” sound like. Certain words, like “forgetting,” end up taking you to a completely new key and it just feels so natural that you don’t even realize it. Music and text make such a clever team.