Powers of Two: In Memoriam A.H.H.

Barry Truax / Alfred Tennyson, Walt Whitman

  • Year of composition: 1999
  • Duration: 4:13
  • Publisher(s): Cambridge Street Publishing


In Memoriam A.H.H. (and Hymn to the Moon) are excerpts of my electroacoustic opera Powers of Two. In the first act, the duet (a setting of one of 131 stanzas written by Tennyson in memory of his friend, Arthur Hallam) is sung by two male characters, one gay, the other straight; however, in keeping with the “twin souls” theme, this version is performed by the same singer doing both parts and is followed by a solo using a Whitman text from Leaves of Grass which also celebrates male bonding. The Hymn to the Moon is sung in Act 3 by the Sibyl in celebration of female powers.