The Mountain to the Moon
The Mountain to the Moon is a story of unrequited love: a mountain, bound to the earth, yearns to reach his distant love, the moon. Inspired by the beauty and mystery of nature, the men begin the piece by imitating the sounds of the night: loons, rustling leaves, and distant animal calls. Atop, the women voice the mountain's call to the distant moon (“luna”), a love song, with a haunting melody full of longing and mystery. As the piece and the night progress, the mountain becomes increasingly consumed with desire, reaching and reaching to the moon in heavens above. In the final measure of the piece, both come together at last as the moon sets and a new day begins. Both music and text are by Katerina Gimon.
This work was commissioned by by Elise Naccarato and and premiered by the University of Toronto Recital Choir (conducted by Elise Naccarato). The Mountain to the Moon was names an Honourable mention in The International Orange Chorale of San Francisco's 2016 "Freshly Squeezed" competition.