Matt Van  Brink, composer, pianist, accordionist

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They Disappear (2011)

SATB chorus, violin, cimbalom & contrabass
or SATB chorus, violin & piano | 4 mins
setting of "So" by Abraham Reisen, translated by Leonard Wolf
Score available from Schnitzel Music

Commissioned by the San Francisco Choral Artists


So, they disappear,
The songs of yesteryear.
So they fade away,
The songs that praised
Her golden head, her hair
Of silk, her noble limbs.

Gently fades away
The antique noble song
Of the rustling of her dress.
In a time of dissonance,
Silk chooses not to sing...
Silk, too, is hushed.

First performed by San Francisco Choral Artists, conducted by Magen Solomon, March 2012

"So!" by Abraham Reisen, translated by Leonard Wolf, from THE PENGUIN BOOK OF MODERN YIDDISH VERSE by Irving Howe, Ruth R. Wisse, and Khone Shmeruk, copyright (c) 1987 by Irving Howe, Ruth Wisse, and Khone Shmeruk. used by permission of Viking Penguin, a division of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

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