City of Memory
for soprano and piano (2018)
This piece was commissioned by the Leeds Lieder Festival 2018 in collaboration with poet Mike
(Lyrics adapted from his poetry)
City of memory
I hope you don’t get too lonely
in the city I built out of fragments
of memory for you.
I hope you don’t mind the vacant lots
and buildings where rooms and floors
are nothing but void.
Don’t mourn for all the jobs
and the friends and lovers and children
that you might have had in a real life.
There are days when I wish I could walk
down those streets so I could greet
all those faces I’ll not see again.
Though I hope you don’t mind if your face
that I loved half a lifetime ago
might be one of the few I passed by,
without a flicker of recognition.
1. Leeds Lieder Festival 2018
by Ella Taylor, Harry Rylance
2. LIVING SONGS Saturday 6 November 2021
by Jessica Summers and Jelena Makarova
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