I am always on the lookout for a good song, old or new, famous or unknown. It is a singer’s joy to discover a great song and then bring it into the repertoire. One day about ten years ago, while searching endless stacks of original sheet music in the Juilliard Library, I came upon an exquisite work written by George Chadwick in 1910, When stars are in the quiet skies
, with words by E Bulwer-Lytton. Since finding the piece I have sung it many times in concert, always to good effect. Chadwick, along with Mrs Beach and Horatio Parker, was part of a group of New England composers that flourished in the early part of this century. I am not aware of any other recording of this piece.
from notes by Robert White © 1997