We Will Not Forget

Year: 2021

Instrumentation: duduk & string orchestra

Duration: 10 minutes

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Program Notes

The impetus for writing this music came at a time when Hamas was, yet once again, lobbing missiles into Israel in its never-ending quest to fulfill its mission to drive Israelis into the sea. The perpetual nature of the urge to kill Jews led me to think about not only the Holocaust but all of the many other genocides that have plagued the world since humanity’s earliest beginnings. My decision to write for the duduk was driven in part by that instrument’s uniquely plaintive sound but also with thoughts of the Armenian genocide in mind.

It is the purpose of music, at least for me, to bring sounds into the world to heal, to bring solace, and as a direct antithesis to the murder of innocents that fill our history. As I wrote the music, it became a piece of remembrance. We can never forget all those souls who were murdered. We can never let that loss be in vain and we must do everything within our power to prevent it happening again. People will try. Those of us who can, must act to prevent them from succeeding.

Video performance by Tagharan Ensemble


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