Missing Voices

(Richard Leach)

Year: 2020

Instrumentation: soprano & cello

Duration: 6 minutes

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Stunned by the NY Times front page listing of the dead, I wanted to do something. Reaching out to the poet Richard Leach, with whom I had collaborated previously, he promptly sent me Missing Voices, which I set to music the following day. Somehow, a duet between voice and cello seemed right for his moving words. These are not statistics but individual humans with all of their connected friends and family – and this must be acknowledged, even as we struggle to fathom the depth of such loss.

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