COMPEL Omeka Dev

now our grief is put away

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Title

now our grief is put away

Description

now our grief is put away uses the poem titled Khao Lak Paradise Resort by Anne Shaw in her book, Undertow. I found Anne after searching for poets I wanted to set for a different project. This poem leapt off the page with its vivid imagery and haunting descriptions of the tsunami that occurred on December 24, 2004 in the Southeast Pacific which included Thailand, the setting for this poem. Due to its length and singularity of subject, I decided to not include this poem in what would eventually become Transit for soprano, vibraphone, and double bass but rather set the work as its own piece. The poem is filled with Anne’s own description of her experience in the relief efforts, sayings from Thai culture, and descriptions from survivors of the tsunami. Shaw writes, “Thai culture allows a mourning period of 100 days, after which the soul of the departed - and the lives of the living - must move on,” as a description for the line, now our grief is put away.

Creator

Date

2010

Relation

now our grief is put away uses the poem titled Khao Lak Paradise Resort by Anne Shaw in her book, Undertow.  I found Anne after searching for poets I wanted to set for a different project.  This poem leapt off the page with its vivid imagery and haunting descriptions of the tsunami that occurred on December 24, 2004 in the Southeast Pacific which included Thailand, the setting for this poem. The poem is filled with Anne’s own description of her experience in the relief efforts, sayings from Thai culture, and descriptions from survivors of the tsunami.  Shaw writes, “Thai culture allows a mourning period of 100 days, after which the soul of the departed – and the lives of the living – must move on,” as a description for the line, now our grief is put away.

In setting the work, I did not want to try and take the audience to the places described but rather give them snapshots of moments or resurfacing memories they might have if they experienced this horrific event.  The reader of the spoken text in the electronics is Anne Shaw who, kindly, lent her voice to this project.

Instrumentation

soprano voice

Duration

14:00

Representative Recording(s)

Citation

Music: Robert McClure Text: Anne Shaw, “now our grief is put away,” COMPEL Omeka Dev, accessed April 18, 2024, https://compel-dev.vtlibraries.net/items/show/28.

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