Powers of Two: Hymn to the Moon

Barry Truax / Mary Wortley Montagu

  • Year of composition: 1997
  • Duration: 3:01
  • Publisher(s): Cambridge Street Publishing


Hymn to the Moon (and In Memoriam A.H.H.) 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.