Let Them Not Say

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Let Them Not Say

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SATB chorus
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Duration (min)
8
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Composer's Note:

I read this poem on the Poem-A-Day site on the morning it was published there, on January 20, 2017. I found myself re-reading it—a lot—over the following months of encountering a world I did not recognize, daily reports of actions and reactions which felt inhumane, and words by leaders whose motivation seemed to me sociopathic. All I knew unmistakably, viscerally, was that there was so much wrong around us, so much that needed voices to raise up against. As I wrote to the poet Jane Hirshfield when asking permission (in September, 2018) to set her words to music: “With each new day, of course, these words ring more vital; but it also rings as though it’s always been. A protest anthem, a call to arms, a plea to wake up; it might have served generations before us, and feels timeless to me.”

Let Them Not Say was written in 2020 for the East Carolina University Chamber Singers.

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Publisher's Note:

Recording will need negotiation with Jane Hirshfield, author.

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Text Language - Non English

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Text Source/Author
Copyright © 2017 by Jane Hirshfield. Originally published in Poem-a-Day on January 20, 2017, by the Academy of American Poets. Used by permission of the author; all rights reserved.
Ensemble Type
choral a cappella
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Instrument
chorus mixed (SATB)

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