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And not one will know of the war, not one
Will care at last when it is done.
In the climax of the song I used my most rich harmonic color, although the text there seemed to not necessarily call for that:
Not one would mind, neither bird nor tree
If mankind perished utterly;
And Spring herself, when she woke at dawn,
Would scarcely know that we were gone.
With this seemingly incompatible relationship of text and music, I agreed to Sara’s idea about the importance to emphasize the endless existence of nature, even if there is war somewhere in the world.
from notes by Ēriks Ešenvalds © 2020
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Founded in 1926, the Choir of the West is the leading choral ensemble of the Department of Music at Pacific Lutheran University, located in Tacoma, Washington. This recording celebrates the music of Latvian composer Ēriks Ešenvalds.» More