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First line:
We ask our father why
written for Seiya Araki's animated film 'The Diary of Anne Frank'
author of text

Some time during the 2000s, I came across Nyman’s song If, scored for piano and strings and thought it could work for viols—I made an arrangement and sent it to the composer, who approved. The calm simplicity of the harmonic pattern and melody makes for a compelling work, which expresses the child-like naïveté of the text. It was written, together with Why, to texts by Roger Pulvers as part of an animated film by Seiya Araki, The Diary of Anne Frank.

from notes by Richard Boothby © 2019


Nyman & Purcell: If & other songs
Studio Master: SIGCD586Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 10 on SIGCD586 [4'20] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD586 track 10

Recording date
31 May 2018
Recording venue
St George's Church, Chesterton, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Nicholas Parker
Recording engineer
Andrew Mellor
Hyperion usage
  1. Nyman & Purcell: If & other songs (SIGCD586)
    Disc 1 Track 10
    Release date: March 2019
    Download only
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