The English Romantic poets produced an amazing body of work at a time when there were virtually no English composers who could do this poetry justice. When approaching these poems by Lord Byron and Shelley I wished to set them to music that had some relationship with the time period when they were written. My own style lent itself well to this task, as my harmonic language and musical taste tends to hearken back to an earlier era.
My setting of “She Walks in Beauty” by Lord Byron is almost hymn-like. It was set originally for SATB chorus, but has never been performed as such. I strove to keep the four-part harmonic feeling throughout – a feeling both hushed and full of sincere devotion. The solo version was written in 2013. It's performed here by David Saslav, tenor and Natalya Lundtvedt, piano. I made a mistake in the text: it should be "like the night", not "as the night".