I will lament and love
Grade 4 - 4.5
Duration: 9-10 minutes
Written for Alex Kaminsky, Director at Stoneman Douglas High School
Completion date was April 2018
More information at this blog post
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.
Russ Batsch approached me in February about writing a piece to give to the group at Stoneman Douglas as a gift. The piece is a lament, but also a display of hope. I've included 17 short solos throughout the work to draw attention to the individuals who lost their lives.
Note to Conductor:
There is an optional narration toward the end of the piece. The poem was written by the composer. This should be spoken only and not included in any program notes.