Commissioned by Merkin Hall for the Ecstatic Music Festival

Unavailable for performance.

  • 0.2+ca.0.2/ (min 8vn, 4va, 4vc, 2db); live electronics
  • 7 Voices
  • 57 min

Programme Note

Related works:
   Scenes from 'Unremembered' for vocal octet or choir and piano - 18'
   Selections from 'Unremembered' for two voices, quartet, and electronics - 18'
   The Swan from 'Unremembered' for voice and piano - 4'
   Three Songs from 'Unremembered' for mezzo-soprano, chamber orchestra, and electronics - 16'
   Unremembered for 7 voices, chamber orchestra, and electronics - 57'
   Unremembered for 3 voices, chamber orchestra, and electronics - 57'
   Unremembered for 3 voices, ensemble, and electronics - 57'

The Past - Unremembered performance video
9. The River, from Unremembered
13. The Past, from Unremembered
Padma Newsome, Shara Worden, Unremembered Orchestra, Edwin Outwater, conductor
1. Prelude
2. The Estate
3. The Barn
4. The Guest
5. The Slaughterhouse
6. The Girl
7. The Swan
8. The Witch
9. The River
10. The Speakers
11. The Orchard
12. The Song
13. The Past

Songs can be performed separately.

Unremembered is an hour-long, thirteen-part song cycle for seven voices, chamber orchestra, and electronics by composer Sarah Kirkland Snider, inspired by poems and illustrations by writer and visual artist Nathaniel Bellows (W.W. Norton, HarperCollins).

A meditation on memory, innocence, and the haunted grandeur of the natural world, Unremembered recalls strange and beautiful happenings experienced during a childhood in rural Massachusetts: a houseguest takes sudden leave in the middle of the night; a boy makes a shocking discovery on a riverbank; a girl disappears in woods behind a ranging farm; ghosts appear with messages for the living. Through Bellows’s moving words and images and Snider’s vivid, fraught, astonishing score, the cycle explores the ways in which beguiling events in early life can resonate in — and prepare us for — the subtler horrors that lie beyond the realm of childhood.


Unremembered: No. 1, Prelude
Unremembered: No. 2, The Estate
Unremembered: No. 3, The Barn
Unremembered: No. 4, The Guest
Unremembered: No. 5, The Slaughterhouse
Unremembered: No. 6, The Girl
Unremembered: No. 7, The Swan
Unremembered: No. 8, The Witch
Unremembered: No. 9, The River
Unremembered: No. 10, The Speakers
Unremembered: No. 11, The Orchard
Unremembered: No. 12, The Song
Unremembered: No. 13, The Past





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