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Violin or Clarinet in B♭ and Piano
4 min.

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Program Note

Nocturne is a musical meditation on a text from the book Silence and the Gift by the poet Richard Beale. The text reads in part:

Teach me the path
Of forgiving love
I would let go
Of resentment and remorse

The music is open and uncomplicated, but asks for a deep understanding.

Program Note by David Maslanka


“Silence and the Gift” by Richard Beale

Teach me the path
Of forgiving love.
I would let go
Of resentment and remorse.
The past is repugnant
And blocks acceptance
Of life today.
But I do not know
How to do the things
You are teaching me.
I am afraid of failure
And the unknown.

The complete text should be printed in programs.

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