Return of the Nightingales Sadie Harrison

Return of the Nightingales cover
Duration
11 mins
Composed
2013
Published
2014
Categories

Solos, Duos & Trios Solos •• Solo piano Electro-acoustic, Tape & Electronics with tape

Instrumentation
1 Piano, 1 Tape

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solo piano and nightingale

Programme note

This score is prefaced by the Persian Sufi text 'Ajab tarana e sar karda am darin golshan, Khoda konad ke na sazad falak khamush mara', which translates in English to 'I have started to sing a wonderful song in this flower-garden like a nightingale. I hope the movement of the stars (destiny) does not make me silent again.' It is used as a direct reference to the devastation of Afghan culture during the period of the Taliban when musicians were silenced, many exiled or fleeing, and to their re-emergence following the Taliban's expulsion from 2001. The piece is dedicated to John Baily who, together with his wife Veronica Doubleday, has worked tirelessly to preserve Afghan music. His video documentary, Return of the Nightingales (2012) celebrates the fabulous work undertaken by the Afghanistan National Institute for Music. Its mottos are:

BUILD LIVES THROUGH MUSIC

REVIVE AND PRESERVE AFGHAN MUSIC

TRAIN FUTURE MUSIC EDUCATORS

ESTABLISH INTERCULTURAL DIALOGUE

ASSURE MUSICAL RIGHTS 

Premiere
Ian Pace, Late Music Concert Series, York, 3rd August 2013
Performances