Voices Long Kept Silent for Solo Cello

Voices Long Kept Silent for Solo Cello

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Featured on Classical KC 91.9 FM and premiered by international cellist Diane Chaplin, the music begins with the soul’s cry after generations of oppression. The use of a delay pedal at specific points in the piece signify the echoes of that expanse of time. The cry gets stronger and stronger until about a quarter of the way through it breaks out into: “I’m….. angry!” The rhythm of these words–long short short–will give this away. It is repeated twice more, each time stronger and clearer. Then the voice breaks out in a flood of righteous anger until it has emptied itself. From the dust rises a happy little tune free of an established foot-tapping rhythm, a dance of sorts that expresses its newfound freedom. As that settles down, there is a moment of thoughtfulness in which the voice realized there are many still bound. At that point, the beginning melody will return as a cry for others still in chains. c. 5′

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