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song about forgetfulness (2015)

The music reflects childhood and remembrance though musical "games": canons and double canons (rounds), invertible counterpoint (register exchange of identical music), and inversions (turning an ongoing melody upside down) and memory games: repetition, extension and variation. Bill Richardson's text asks us to think about forgetting as well remembering. Let us recall that Freud said that what we forget is much more interesting than what we remember.

song about forgetfulness was commissioned by the Canadian Music Centre through the British Columbia Arts Council's Youth Engagement Program. The premiere was Saturday April 18, 2015, St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church, Vancouver, sung by the BC Girls Choir, the PROMYS Honour Choir, with the young men of Portland Oregon’s Tsunami, a component of the Pacific Youth Choir, the combined choirs were conducted by Erick Lichte. 

                                              - Rodney Sharman