Samuel Barber’s “Sure on this Shining Night” is a moment of ecstatic nocturnal tranquility. Published in 1940 by G. Shirmer Inc. with a poem by James Agee, the song stems from a time of unrest and chaos similar to our own. An undeniably beautiful composition, it is a reminder that beauty helps and heals. Beauty can transport us to a better place, and provides hope when the odds are against us.
Augmented with sweeping guitar lines, synths, and sampled sounds, Roxanna Walitzki’s recording beckons the composition into our own time. Produced, performed, and paired with self-shot images by Roxanna, her rendition is a testament to the strength we have within us when embracing introspective solitude.
The single releases digitally Friday, August 31st, and is available for pre-order at https://roxanna.bandcamp.com/
Music (Voice & Piano) by Samuel Barber, Text by James Agee, Published by G. Shirmer Inc. 1940
Performed & Licensed by Roxanna Walitzki
Video & Album Art by Roxanna Walitzki