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Still - In memory of Sir Richard Rodney Bennett

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Published on Apr 4, 2016

Still
In memory of Sir Richard Rodney Bennett

Music by Renee Rosnes
Words by David Hajdu
copyright 2013 Native Colors Music (BMI)

Performed by the Boston Conservatory Choral Ensemble
Nicholas Rocha, Conductor
March 2016
George Case, Director of Choral Activities

Video edited by Jon Moskowitz

Libretto:

Still, there unbound to time
Alone in its stillness

Still, there
There, still
No current, no wind

The stillness of a road re-routed
Unmapped place, unmapped place

Evidence
Dust of a people
Bones of a city
A testament

Boxes that were never sent
Or never wrapped and posted
Or packed up at all

Stillness perfected
Atoms at rest
An impossibility

For a moment, forgetting

Still, there unbound to time
Terror and wisdom
A glass pane shattering
The shards in your hands

Stillness
An offering
One kiss lain on the head
Consolation, consolation

Off time, a break for rest

Stillness of a room of toys
Piled high, left behind

Stillness as a waiting for something

A photograph pressed flat
Held by an unmoving power

Stillness undisturbed unasleep
Nearly gone
Still, immovable
So much cannot be spoken
Yet, still
Still, there unbound to time

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