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Published by Edo Ryan
True Remembrance - (16:15)
Performed by:
- Clarinet in A: Sara Marsh
- Piano: Hasoi Chen
True Remembrance - (16:15)
Performed by:
- Clarinet in A: Sara Marsh
- Piano: Hasoi Chen

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Published by: Edo Ryan on Dec 30, 2011
Copyright:Attribution Non-commercial


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NOTES TO THE ADMISSIONS COMMITTEE- "Why is a clarinet playing the voice part?"I had arranged for a very talented soprano to singmy vocal part. She, however, became quite sick theweekend before the concert and was replaced witha friend of mine, a clarinetist, on very short notice.- Songs one, two, five, and six are performed live.Songs three and four are digitally realized.
INDEXSong Title - Page - TimecodePrelude - Page 5 (0:00, Live)Platonic Song - Page 8 (2:47, Live)Lullaby - Page 12 (4:26, Digital)Agony - Page 18 (7:15, Digital)All Stories - Page 28 (11:00, Live)Conclusion - Page 30 (13:45, Live)
is the title of a novel written by Shiba Satomi in 2006, latertranslated by the English localization group 'insani' in 2008, and read by the composer in2010. It is a short but dense story, full of lively and vibrant characters.This piece deals with a very specific part of the story.ON THE PLOTBlackiris, the protagonist, learns that he, among others, has the ability to remove thememories of close friends. The government, dealing with an unexplainable epidemicof suicide, sees his abilities as a way to avert the mysterious deathsand steals him awayfrom sedentary life, and his lover, Maria.Maria, overcome with grief, becomes suicidal over the dissapearance of Blackiris, andthe government, in response, purges her memories of him, sending her into a meandering,purposeless bliss.Blackiris, in the meanwhile, becomes a memory-killer - Mnemonicide - of the highest caliber.He is assigned a patient named La, a quiet unassuming girl with white hair. She herself is a Mnemonicide of terrifying potential, removing memories through her namesake - song.This fact she keeps from Blackiris, as well as the details of her own depression.Upon hearing about the fate of Maria and La's past, Blackiris is sent into an inpenetrableand deep sadness.La decides to try to heal Blackiris using the only method she knows.This piece describes the moment in the story where La attempts to seal the memories of Blackiris.She, in doing so reveals the true source of her own depression - she removes the memoriesand agonies of others by taking them upon herself.Blackiris briefly relives his memories, trying to resist the temptation of La's song.
3ON THE LYRICSLyrics in this song cycle are taken, with permission, from the author. The style of speech and overalltone of the novel's characters was greatly taken into account.The lyrics of ALL STORIES are drawn verbatim from insani's translation of the opening paragraph of the novel. Words to the CONCLUSION come from parts of the end of the novel.The lyrics are written from the perspective of Blackiris.ON PERFORMANCE PRACTICEIt is requested of the vocalist that wide, exaggerated vibrato generally be kept to a minimum.The complex rhythms found in the second and fifth songs are not meant to be followed literally.The intended effect is that of quasi-parlando - speech rhythms that faintly coorspond to the meter.Hard consanants and other harsh sounds should be rounded.
Composed March 2011, Los Angeles. Revised November 2011.Duration approx. 16'30''.For M.L.

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