“Let Them Not Say” is for SSAATTBB choir, quite tricky, high ranges needed. Words by Jane Hirshfield can be found here, or below: all rights to the words are reserved, but the music is available for performance under a Creative Commons license and the words can be used as part of that. Click here to see a virtual choir video of the piece, created by the Piedmont Singers.
This piece was shortlisted for the Scottish Awards for New Music in 2021, and will receive its in-person premiere on 21st May 2022 in Ember Choral Arts’ concert “Can We Talk… About Our Home?” in New York City. The concert will also be available as a livestream (7pm New York time) and will be repeated on 22nd May in Montclair, New Jersey. Click here for concert details and to book livestream tickets.
Email Chris Hutchings for queries.
Let Them Not Say – Jane Hirshfield, 1953-
Let them not say: we did not see it.
Let them not say: we did not hear it.
Let them not say: they did not taste it.
We ate, we trembled.
Let them not say: it was not spoken, not written.
we witnessed with voices and hands.
Let them not say: they did nothing.
We did not-enough.
Let them say, as they must say something:
A kerosene beauty.
Let them say we warmed ourselves by it,
read by its light, praised,
and it burned.