As an audience member at Vivace’s tour
concert in June, 2012, Kenyon Duncan decided
to write a piece of music for the chorus.
When his mom and brother took off for
the tour he was free to follow where his
inspiration lead. Within four hours
Kenyon had his text and main theme and
was determined not to let this become one
of his unfinished works. He persisted even
when he lost the use of his piano and had
to rely on his computer to keep writing.
At one point, the writing stopped coming
as easily. But Kenyon found that while
having to rely more on his inner ear and
do without the piano challenged him, it
also helped him to move beyond some of
his favored and well-practiced harmonic
structures. By the end of the week the
piece was nearly done.
Kenyon does not credit himself as much
of a lyricist but says it was natural to turn
to the Bible for inspiration. In Psalm 116
he found all that he needed. Its emphasis
on voice, breath, and the need to be heard
were natural cues that suggested some
of the structure and counterpoint of the
work. Kenyon has created a piece that
synthesizes his experience as a singer and
pianist. This piece was a real
highlight of our 10th year concert.