September 11, 2016: In Memoriam
September 5, 2016
“Where words fail, music speaks.” – Hans Christian Andersen
These words rarely ring more true than when an artist strives to make sense of senselessness. In so many ways, music can provide a focus for emotions that are difficult to express. In this episode, music in response to overwhelming events, from Armenia, Germany, and the United States.
Joan Tower: In Memory
Tokoyo String Quartet
“Joan Tower: Instrumental Music”
Leah Curtis: To Rest In Peace
“To Rest In Peace (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)”
Sylvia Glickman: The Walls Are Quiet Now
Lehigh Valley Chamber Orchestra, Donald Smith – conductor
“The Walls Are Quiet Now (A Holocaust Remembrance Trilogy)”
Tatev Amiryan: Last Lullaby
Catherine Crawford, soprano; Tatev Amiryan, piano
Live Performance (used with permission)
by Ruben Sevak
English translation by Tatev Amiryan
Lull, lull . . . I lull you to sleep,
Lest you should hear your wounded father’s screaming
Venum you nurse . . . it is not milk . . .
I lull you to sleep.
Floods of blood burst from these holy mountains,
But you don’t flee, cherish your country, love it,
Do not be a captive in your own land, reign it . . .
I lull you to sleep
Here I am dying . . . Be Armenia your mother,
I bequeath to you this broken sword . . .
Still burning hot with your father’s blood . . .
I lull you to sleep . . .
Run time: 58:34
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