Hans Bridger Heruth is an award-winning composer pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree in composition and vocal performance at the University of Missouri on a composition scholarship from the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation. There, he studies composition with Dr. Stefan Freund and Dr. W. Thomas McKenney. Heruth’s works have been performed by many different ensembles, including the orchestras and choirs of the Liberty Public School District, select members of the University of Missouri Philharmonic, Creating Original Music Project ensembles, the Midwest Chamber Ensemble, the Columbia Civic Orchestra, KC VITAs Chamber Choir, the University Singers of the University of Missouri, and Deviant Septet. He is a three-time winner of the Mizzou New Music Initiative’s Creating Original Music Project competition in the senior division, was awarded the 2015 Missouri Composers Orchestra Project prize in the high school division, and was a finalist for both the 2015 Sinquefield Prize in Composition and the 2016 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composers Award. Heruth is also a member of ASCAP and is published with both Heruth Publications and Santa Barbara Music Publishing.
LISTEN: The World Awakes for SATB voices with divisi and four-hand piano
University Singers of the University of Missouri, conducted by Dr. R. Paul Crabb, Jenna Braaksma and Hans Bridger Heruth, piano
This summer, Dr. R. Paul Crabb contacted me and asked if I would write a companion piece for one of the pieces on our Fall program. I was thrilled, and deeply honored – how often does a composer have the opportunity to write for such a phenomenal and renowned ensemble? He sent me a list of the repertoire for the concert and suggested a few works for which I could write a companion piece. I immediately settled on Goodnight, Dear Heart, a beautifully patient setting of a Mark Twain poem by Kansas composer Dan Forrest. To contrast with the theme of the Forrest, I wanted to create both music and text that focused on the life that each of us has the gift of living. To me, the poetry I have written is a sort of prayer, asking for help to live life fully and ardently. Life is such a precious commodity, such a precious gift, and I believe we should view the simple things in life as intense beauty; the warmth of the sunlight as ink with which we can write our stories, and the morning dew on the grass as the nectar of the gods. Enjoy every moment you have on this beautiful earth, and enjoy each and every one of the people around you. This piece features shimmering harmonies, soaring melodic lines, and a lyrically rhythmic four-hand piano part, that I hope is an audience favorite. It has been a great working with Dr. R. Paul Crabb and the University Singers, and I am beyond thankful for this experience and the opportunity to write for these loving and passionate musicians.