Cello and Small Wind Ensemble. (2013) 17′
Arranged for cello and piano by Matthew Maslanka.
Tess Remy-Schumacher, cello and David Forbat, piano
Paul York, solo cello, University of Louisville Wind Ensemble, Frederick Speck, cond.
Tess Remy-Schumacher, cello, University of Central Oklahoma Wind Symphony, Brian Lamb, cond. Premiere performance, 13 March 2014
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Remember Me is not a concerto in the traditional sense, but a single-movement, free-flowing fantasia.
This composition was inspired by my reading of a “relatively minor” Holocaust event – the extermination of 5,000 Jews in a small town – in William L. Shirer’s Rise and Fall of the Third Reich. An eye-witness description of a Jewish family about to be slaughtered – mother, father, 10-year-old son, grandmother gently bouncing a year-old baby and making it smile – forcefully riveted my mind and heart. This music is for the baby – a single death, through which it is possible to begin to experience the massive horror of the totality.