“Before the Wresting Tides,” is scored for the same ensemble as Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy: chorus, orchestra, and solo piano…This dark, urgent work (in contrast to the ebullient Beethoven), with the chorus singing the words of Hart Crane…is brash but also ruminative, reflecting Crane’s voluptuous and lyrical poetry, employing striking metaphors from the natural world…Gill’s gift for setting words in an insightful and pungent manner here weds to another of his frequent qualities: an awe of the dramatic power of nature.
– Broad Street Review, 20 August 2018
Before the Wresting Tides incorporates and illuminates both musical and poetic idioms, and brings a new dimension to Crane’s dense, haunting words.
– HRAudio.net, March 2018
Opening with the fearsome tread of time, [Before the Wresting Tides] goes on to observe the turbulent sea and reflect on our awestruck reactions, with expressive result.
– The American Record Guide, January/February 2018
Best news first: Gill’s [Before the Wresting] Tides uses a large canvas and gives chorus, orchestra, and virtuoso pianist much to do as the music leaps out in many directions, its burgeoning sense of invention prompted by Hart Crane’s restlessly morphing imagery in the poem “Voyages II”…exhilarating indeed…the ending is a stunner.
– Philadelphia Inquirer, 27 February 2013
Before the Wresting Tides was premiered at Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral in Philadelphia, PA.
Text by Hart Crane. Used with permission of Liveright Publishing Corporation.