I AM IN LOVE WITH THE WORLD
I Am in Love with the World
SATB choir, baritone soloist, and piano
Duration: 16 minutes (8 short movements)
Texts by Maurice Sendak, as interviewed by Terry Gross. Compiled by Keith Hampton and edited by K. Hampton/N. Hall.
Fresh Air is produced by WHYY, Inc. and distributed by NPR. Texts used with permission.
Music copyright 2012 Nathan Hall/Works on Paper (ASCAP).
I created a musical work based on the words of Maurice Sendak upon an email from my friend and collaborator Keith Hampton, after he suggested I listen to an interview Sendak gave on NPR in the fall of 2011. The text deals with Sendak’s feelings about his family, his life partner, and accepting his old age.
“Live your life, live your life, live your life…”
“Very moved”--Terry Gross
An excellent full-story article on the work and its relevance to Public Broadcasting appeared here on The Current. The piece has gone on to receive press coverage from Baltimore Out Loud, Baltimore Gay Life, Edge Media Network, and radio interviews on Minnesota Public Radio and Colorado Public Radio.
Audio and text from movement VIII:
Sample texts and pages from the score: