Night Swimming, a poem by Mary Grimm, was selected as the text because it is so full of visual imagery and conjures up feelings of tranquility and mystery without ever becoming self-absorbed. The composer has represented the smoothness of the water at night with a simple, languid rocking motif. As the poem and the song progress, the water ripples more and more quickly and finally is agitated into a froth of activity by the piano's rapid, alternating arpeggiated clusters and the trills of the English horn's obbligato.
The set includes a piano-score, voice-score, and EH part. Duration: approx. 6.5 minutes.