When We Forget

for Chamber Orchestra

Clint Needham

Performing Ensemble: Chamber Orchestra
Publisher: Theodore Presser Company
Print Status: Rental

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When We Forget • Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra

Quick Overview

I recently found myself looking through pictures of my twins, reflecting on their early months, when I realized there were a number of photographs that did not resonate with me. I initially laughed this off as being a tired new parent of twins, which I certainly was/am. But the more I thought about it, the more frustrated I became that I could not remember parts of my children's lives.

This frustration led me to casually research the mind and our capacity for memory. I soon came across the website for the Alzheimer's Poetry Project and my frustration quickly became insignificant as I read more about people afflicted with this horrible disease. Though I have had family members with Alzheimer's, I had never thought about how scared, lonely, and painful it must be to lose your memory--to lose your identity. When We Forget is a reflection on these themes, as well as an homage to all of those suffering from the disease and their heroic caregivers.

Direct inspiration for the work came from the touching poem We Are Forget by the Alzheimer's Poetry Project's founder, Gary Glazner.

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Scores & Parts

When We Forget - Full Score - Study
When We Forget - Full Score - Large

Additional Information

Commission Commissioned by Orpheus Chamber Orchestra as a result of their Project 440 competition.
Composition Date 2011
Duration 00:11:00
Orchestration 2 2 2 2 - 2 2 1 0; 2Perc.(opt. Timp.) Pno. Str.
Premiere 22nd, 24th March, 2012. Orpheus Chamber Orchestra; Lafayette College, Easton, PA (22nd), Carnegie Hall, New York, NY (24th).

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