At Peace
for SATB choir
a cappella
         At Peace is the incorporation of combining different melodic ostinato patterns.  The ostinato is created by setting a verse from the poem and repeating it.  The verses are short ranging from one to six words.  Then those short ostinatos are set against three other ostinatos.  The slow overlapping ostinatos create a circular, almost meditative sound world, which take the listener to sense of peace.  At Peace was written and performed by the choir at the Oregon Bach Festival.

Duration:  5.5 Minutes
Number of measures:  108
Number of pages (Score):  12

   At Peace       
Peace.  This moment
I am the universe.
The seas of wind engulf me.
Nature is myself
within my infinite space,
at peace.
I am the land
cradled in the air
and kneaded with the sea.
In peace.

               Adam C. Sharp


Measure Score

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Performance History

Premiered by the Festival Quartet. The piece was conducted by Eric D. Sharp on July 5, 1996 at the Oregon Bach Festival on a Millennium 3 Café Concert in the The Hult Center (Studio One), Eugene, OR.