I will lament and love

Grade 4-4.5

Duration: 9-10 minutes

Written for Alex Kaminsky, Director at Stoneman Douglas High School



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Program Notes:

I will lament and love was composed to honor those who lost their lives at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14th, 2018 and to give strength to the survivors. The piece is both a lament and an expression of hope and strength. Sorrow and hope are deeply interwoven and I find this to be a mysterious reality. I believe we drive out hate with love and we drive out despair with hope. At the same time, does despair lead us into hope? Does hate lead us into love? In other words, does violence and suffering play a mysterious role in bringing forth hope and love? Can violence inspire us to bring more beauty into the world?

When we show hope in the face of suffering, we are playing a part in defeating evil. Love can arise from lament. I long for a day when a final surge of love comes and evil no longer has a place.

Note to Conductor: 

This poem, which was written by the composer, can be spoken toward the end of the piece.  Adding this to the piece is optional. The narrator should enter with this text during measure 162 and be finished near measure 170:

I will weep, yet hope.

Pray, yet act.

I will grieve, yet endure.

Bewail, yet sing.

And while I walk this dark-veiled land,

I will lament, and love.

*Including this text in program notes is NOT permitted.

Commissioned by:

Madison High School in Madison, New Jersey: Russ Batsch, Director of Bands

Ramsey High School in Ramsey, New Jersey: Cliff Bialkin, Director of Bands

Hanover Park High School in East Hanover, New Jersey: Joe Spina, Director of Bands

Millburn High School in Millburn, New Jersey: Mindy Scheierman, Director of Bands