(Selma Meerbaum-Eisinger)

Year: 2019

Instrumentation: soprano, viola d'amore, cello

Duration: 22 minutes

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These songs are dedicated, with great appreciation, to Berenike Langmaack, for introducing me to the poetry of Selma Meerbaum-Eisinger. When setting her words to music, one cannot help but be influenced by her tragic life, cut short, as she and her family were trapped by the Nazi tide as it swept over Europe. Even the most bucolic of her poems is deeply tinged by an overwhelming sadness, as she observed the impending terror that eventually ended her short life.

As similar hateful populist movements are again on the rise around the world, as I write this music, it is with hope that it will fall, like a raindrop, into the pool of remembrance.

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