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The Music of Dan Forrest, 2020

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Two modern canons in up to 5 parts, setting a beautiful text longing for singing to begin again. Flexible enough to be sung by SATB or SSAA choirs of any size. A gift to the global choral community, this work may be downloaded for free to encourage choral conductors and singers.

Text:

(written by a chorus member after his choir had to abandon their rehearsals/performance plans for Requiem for the Living)

Where did the long pause begin, 

our hopeful notes abandoned in disturbed air?

When we return, where will we start?

I cannot find the measure where we went silent. But the notes

know where they are, suspended above in a holding pattern. 

Waiting for a trusted hand to wave us into the downbeat.

-Clem Schoenebeck (2020)