A new piece with Charles Anthony Silvestri
For this music I thought about the huge number of men who lived on this planet through the centuries, suffering from diseases, natural disasters, injustices, violences and so on, people who can't be known by someone, people who can't be listened to, loved, protected.
They were just compelled to disappear, bringing in the shadow their tears.
For sure they would have liked their voice to be listened, but the other people and - I dare to say - God himself prefered to ignore them, maybe because they did not care about their pain, maybe because they was focused on their own life and did not consider the existence of another person to be important, especially if this person was a poor man or an ignorant.
How many people have died without the possibility to save themselves and without the opportunity to be listened to by someone?
I tried to give them a voice, just to give them a way to explain to the world what they have suffered, even if just for a few minutes, through a choral piece.
Description of the work
Voicing: SATB with divisi, accompained by piano and percussions
(bass drum, tubular bells and suspended cymbal)
Duration: about 3'45''
Text by Charles Anthony Silvestri
In shadows we stand,
in shadows standing silent, waiting forgotten.
The poor, the lonely, exiled, we stand forgotten.
Did you hear our voices when we cried to you?
Do you hear our voices now we cry?
For we are always with you; we are more kindred than you know.
For we know light and love.
Remember, will you remember?